Consultation means we listen carefully to the users of the services we inspect and regulate, and to all of our other stakeholders.

Your views are crucial in helping us understand your priorities and concerns, and helping us understand where we need to focus our work, what is going well – and what isn’t.

In this section, you can find out about current, past and future consultations. It is important that you know about our consultations in advance, as well as being able to see what Ofsted has been consulting on, and what will happen as a result of that consultation.

Ofsted’s Consultation Promise

All consultations will:

  • be used to help us work more effectively and shape our policies and procedures
  • provide clear information and be accessible to all
  • give adequate time for people to respond
  • use a variety of informative and engaging methods, tailored for our audience
  • be finished with published results and reports which make clear what impact your views have had on our service
  • be monitored so we can see how well our consultation methods are working.

Under recent guidance issued by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) non-economic regulators, of which Ofsted is one, are obliged before implementing any significant policy changes to assess the impact of such change on those regulated, by completing a Business Engagement Assessment (BEA). For further information go to the BEA page on GOV.UK

If you have any comments or queries about the consultation section, email or use the Contact Us link, above. 

Annual Report 2012/13