EIF best practices and ESFA compliance

OFSTED represents the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. It examines administrations to ensure that schooling and abilities to students are equal for everyone. Ofsted’s job is to ensure that associations give teaching, training and care administrations in England for all students.

OFSTED is responsible for:

  • The examination and guideline of establishments that include independent schools, institutes and childcare offices. 
  • The review of organisations answerable for selection, adoption, fostering, and other social care institutes. 
  • The assessment of different administrations for children and youngsters. 
  • Completing examination on social care and education.
  • Giving an account of the above foundations and transferring the data to the public authority.

Education Inspection Framework:

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector has contrived the education inspection framework (EIF) for use from September 2019. It sets out the rules that apply to the investigation and the principle decisions that overseers when doing assessments of looked after schools, non-affiliated independent schools, academies, education and abilities suppliers enlisted in the early years of England.

The EIF applies to examine various abilities, education, and early years’ settings to guarantee equivalence when students move, starting with one setting then onto the next. It upholds consistency across the assessment of various dispatches.

Principles of EIF:

  • They are needed to do the work in manners that empower the administrations they assess and control to improve, be client-centred, and be proficient and powerful in their utilisation of assets. 
  • They give independent, external assessments and distinguishes what necessities to improve. 
  • The examination provides important data to guardians, carers, students and managers about the nature of schooling, training and care. 
  • The framework sets out the decisions that apply to all activity, abilities and early years’ provision. 
  • Reviewers will agree with significant directions and codes of conduct, and they will consistently attempt to be curious. 
  • The assessment gives affirmation to society and the public authority that base guidelines of training, abilities and childcare are being met. 
  • The investigation confirms to the public that public cash is being spent well; and that courses of action for protecting the child are successful.

The Equality Act 2010 and EIF:

  • The EIF is expected to be a force of development for all students. The structure and dispatch explicit standards are evident that the assumption is that everyone will get high quality, aspiring training and education. 
  • Inspectors will evaluate the degree to which the supplier follows the applicable, legitimate obligations set out in the Equality Act 2010, including the Public Sector Equality Duty and the Human Rights Act 1998.

Education and Skills Funding Agency:

Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) assigns huge yearly subsidising to suppliers of schooling and skills and abilities training. They consider suppliers responsible for their exhibition to guarantee their prerequisites for monetary supportability and that they will reliably increase standards.

Ofsted embraces inspective visits in various regions, including the all-new ESFA subsidised suppliers, new, straightforwardly supported apprenticeship suppliers, and subsequently with ungraded schools. These visits will bring about a distributed observing visit report which will incorporate a judgment of deficient, sensible or huge advancement in key regions. Hereafter, consistency with ESFA will advance the subsidising, and in the event of noncompliance, the agreements will end, and further estimates will be taken.

EIF will utilise all the accessible proof to decide a supplier’s general viability, and investigators will consider whether the norm of schooling, training or care is acceptable. If it isn’t, assessors will consider what requirements are to be met.


About us-Ofsted. (2016, May 17). Retrieved February 28, 2021, from https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted/about

Department for Education (DfE). (n.d.). Retrieved February 28, 2021, from https://www.lpservices.slc.co.uk/contact-information/education-skills-funding-agency-dfe.aspx

 Education and Skills funding agency. (n.d.). Retrieved February 28, 2021, from https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/education-and-skills-funding-agency

 ESFA POST-16: Intervention and accountability. (2014, June 23). Retrieved February 28, 2021, from https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-19-education-accountability

Jones, G. (2019, November 04). Early reading and the education inspection framework. Retrieved February 28, 2021, from https://educationinspection.blog.gov.uk/2019/11/04/early-reading-and-the-education-inspection-framework/

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