Notes on use
Back to the top
How does it work?
- The tool gives the latest Ofsted ratings for free schools, based on data scraped from the Ofsted website.
- Results are generally updated each day, at or around 6am. You can find out when they were last updated by checking the datestamp at the top of the page.
- Only inspections which result in an overall effectiveness rating being awarded or confirmed are included. Results are therefore based on the outcomes of:
These lead to one of four overall effectiveness ratings: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.
- full, section 5 Ofsted inspections;
- short, section 8 inspections which do not convert to a full, section 5 inspection.
- Inspection ratings of free schools inspected as post-16 institutions are not provided here, and do not feature in rating summaries. Post-16 free schools and some 14-19 free schools receive college inspections (learning and skills inspections, prior to September 2015). The Ofsted website does not allow details of post-16 inspections to be scraped as easily as those of school inspections, and, in the case of learning and skills inspections, inspection judgements were not directly comparable to those from school inspections.
- Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding.
What's the point of it?
- Currently it's not easy to get up-to-date information on Ofsted's assessment of a particular type of schools, such as free schools. This tool was built to try and help fill that gap.
What data is it based on?
Who made the tool?
- The tool has been developed by Philip Nye. If you make use of the tool, please provide attribution.
- While based on Ofsted data, it's not endorsed by the inspectorate.
How was the tool built?
- See the links given here.
Anything else I should know?
Back to the top
- While every effort has been made to ensure that ratings listed here are accurate, with a number of checks carried out on the data, there's always the chance that an error could have crept into the results; no liability can be taken for anything you do with the data. So if you're planning on using the results for anything business-critical I'd recommend that you check them directly on the Ofsted website.
- If you think a result is missing, or something is not accurate, or you want to provide feedback of any other kind, please get in touch via email or Twitter.