Education Inspection Framework (EIF)

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The new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) will come into place in September 2019.

Ofsted says the EIF has been amended to include greater emphasis on the needs of younger children.

It will replace its “quality of teaching, learning and assessment” with a new “quality of education” judgement. Two new key judgements are also included in the new framework – ‘behaviours and attitudes’ and ‘personal development’.

And settings will continue to be awarded one of four grades – outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate – after an inspection but the reports generated will be redesigned to make them easier for parents to read.

Read the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF)


The Early Years Alliance is developing a range of resources to help early years practitioners navigate the changes.

Available now

Webinar: Preparing your provision for the Education Inspection Framework (EIF)


Webinar: Cultural Capital in Early Years Provision



Coming soon

  • Securing Outstanding in the Education Inspection Framework — This publication is out in September and will be available for pre-order in late August.
  • Getting to Grips with the EIF — A three-hour workshop delivered nationally through our network of Service Hubs.
  • A SMARTpd pack on delivering the EIF. The pack will include a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, with facilitator notes, and accompanying resources to support the host to deliver an in-house session to their team at staff meetings or training days. It provides a cost effective way to prompt discussion, increase understanding and raise awareness in the team. The pack will be sold via our Shop.



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