Notes on use
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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 Ofsted section 5 inspection results are included. These lead to one of four ratings: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. The results of section 8 inspections - monitoring inspections, for example where a school is in special measures or on notice to improve - are not included.
- Currently, post-16 free schools and some 14-19 free schools are subject to learning and skills inspections. The results of these aren't directly comparable to section 5 inspection ratings, so they’re excluded from the results given here. But there are only free schools that have had learning and skills inspections to date.
- 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 neither in an attempt to promote free schools, nor to attack the policy - merely to try and help fill this 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?
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- 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.