Ofsted

0844 453 0221

Ofsted Helpline

Ofsted is a department of the UK government and is responsible for ensuring that all services in the UK, which provide childcare, are ensuring that standards are met. This is why they are known as the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

Opening Hours for the Ofsted Helpline

Department Opening Hours
Customer Service 8:30am-11:30 pm, 7 days a week

Other Ofsted Contact Numbers:

Ofsted Departments Phone Number
Head Office Helpline for Ofsted  0844 453 0221
Complaints number for Ofsted  0844 453 0221
Ofsted Enquiry Line  0844 453 0221

Ofsted Head Office Address

Department Address
Head Office Address for Ofsted Ofsted
Piccadilly Gate
Manchester
M1 2WD
The United Kingdom

Who governs Ofsted?
What are Ofsted inspectors looking for?
What grades are Ofsted reports based on?
Can I apply to be an Ofsted inspector?
Where can I find an Ofsted report online?

Why call the Ofsted Helpline:

      • If you would like to register a complaint regarding your Ofsted report and appeal a decision made by the organisation
      • To enquire about services provided by Ofsted
      • If you would like to know when your school is to be visited by Ofsted
      • To make a complaint regarding a specific member of staff

Ofsted Reports

Ofsted HelplineOfsted report grades range from Outstanding to Inadequate. The full list of requirements for each grade are not published, however, we have compiled a brief description below of what Ofsted are looking for in each category.

Grade 1 – Outstanding

Outstanding is the highest grade you can achieve with Ofsted after an inspection. To receive this grade, Ofsted is looking to make sure that the establishment has exactly what it needs in order to provide their children with the correct equipment that they need in order to proceed to the next step in life.

Grade 2: Good

A Good grade will be given to those who understand the needs of their students and provide them with what they need in terms of education.

Grade 3: Requires improvement

A grade 3 is given to school who are not good but are not exactly inadequate. These school can almost certainly be improved and will be revisited by Ofsted within the year in order to be given a second chance at grading.

Grade 4: Inadequate

The lowest grade an establishment can receive is 4. This means that the school does not provide its children with sufficient needs for their education and life in adulthood. If places receive this, they will be given a warning by Ofsted, and could be taken to a tribunal. If you have been given this grade and would like to know more about what happens from here, we suggest you ring the number above and speak to a member of staff from Ofsted, who will be able to help you further.

Ofsted Jobs

You can find roles in Ofsted suited to you online here. If you find a job you like the look of, you can then apply with your CV. If you have applied for a job and have no yet received a reply, we suggest calling the number above and speaking to a member of staff who will be able to help you with your application request.

Ofsted Publications

You can search for your establishment’s report online by using the name, address or remit of the site. If you are having trouble finding the correct report, ring the number above and a member of staff will be able to help you locate your report further.

FAQ’s

Below are the 5 most asked questions regarding Ofsted. If you cannot find your answer below, why not ring the Ofsted Helpline above, where a member of staff will be able to help you find the answer you’re looking for?

Who governs Ofsted?

Governed by the UK government, Ofsted is run through a number of parliamentary acts. The organisation mainly regulates services for children and young people in the UK, such as adoption agencies, schools, and other organisations that help children.

What are Ofsted inspectors looking for?

Inspectors are looking for a number of ways in which establishments meet their criteria. You can find a number of ways in which you can impress your inspector here.

What grades are Ofsted reports based on?

Ofsted grades range from Outstanding to Inadequate. The full list of requirements for each grade are not published, however, we have compiled a brief description below of what Ofsted are looking for in each category.

Grade 1 – Outstanding

Outstanding is the highest grade you can achieve with Ofsted after an inspection. To receive this grade, Ofsted is looking to make sure that the establishment has exactly what it needs in order to provide their children with the correct equipment that they need in order to proceed to the next step in life.

Grade 2: Good

A Good grade will be given to those who understand the needs of their students and provide them with what they need in terms of education.

Grade 3: Requires improvement

A grade 3 is given to school who are not good but are not exactly inadequate. These school can almost certainly be improved and will be revisited by Ofsted within the year in order to be given a second chance at grading.

Grade 4: Inadequate

The lowest grade an establishment can receive is 4. This means that the school does not provide its children with sufficient needs for their education and life in adulthood. If places receive this, they will be given a warning by Ofsted, and could be taken to a tribunal. If you have been given this grade and would like to know more about what happens from here, we suggest you ring the number above and speak to a member of staff from Ofsted, who will be able to help you further.

Can I apply to be an Ofsted inspector?

You can find roles in Ofsted suited to you online here. If you find a job you like the look of, you can then apply with your CV. If you have applied for a job and have no yet received a reply, we suggest calling the number above and speaking to a member of staff who will be able to help you with your application request.

Where can I find an Ofsted report online?

You can search for your establishment’s report online by using the name, address or remit of the site. If you are having trouble finding the correct report, ring the number above and a member of staff will be able to help you locate your report further.

More about Ofsted

Governed by the UK government, Ofsted is run through a number of parliamentary acts. The organisation mainly regulates services for children and young people in the UK, such as adoption agencies, schools, and other organisations that help children.

Below is a recent video that Ofsted has uploaded to their Youtube account. You can find more videos much like this on their channel, which can be accessed by clicking through the video below. For more general information on Ofsted as an organisation, we suggest calling them on the number above. We will connect you through to a member of staff, who can help you further with your request.