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This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education). This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

13.07.2016Source of statistics: School level data
What data is published at a school level in the UK and where can I find it?
14.09.2015Education and Adoption Bill
This paper considers the background and reaction to, and the provisions of, the Education and Adoption Bill which proposes new powers in relation to converting school judged "inadequate" to academy status, the academy conversion process and intervention powers and the reaction to them, and the establishment of regional adoption agencies. Sections 5 to 7 were added to this paper on 14 September 2015, to cover the Bill's Second Reading and Commons Committee Stages. Sections 1 to 5 of the note remain as originally published on 17 June 2015, and have not been updated.
10.12.2007Education and Skills Bill, Bill 12 of 2007-08
Education and Skills Bill. (Bill 12 of 2007/08). House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/87.
10.03.2006Education and Inspections Bill (Bill 134 of 2005-06)
The Education and Inspections Bill (Bill 134 of 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 06/15


22.09.2015Trends in Compulsory Education
This POSTnote focuses on trends in UK compulsory education and outlines where trends differ between individual nations.

Select Committee Reports

22.06.2011The role and performance of Ofsted.
Government response. Education Select Committee; Ofsted; Department for Education report [Commons]
23.03.2011The role and performance of Ofsted.
Education Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House recognises that an effective system of school inspection should be genuinely supportive of school improvement and as such requires the confidence of teachers and headteachers; ...
That this House finds unfair the current Ofsted practice of not retrospectively removing from the record unfounded complaints made against childminders prior to 2006; recognises that ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses