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Definitions of all our inspection terms.

  • Ofsted

    Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted only inspects schools and providers based in England.

  • Offenders

    The term ‘offenders’ is used to refer to those aged 18 years and older, whether held in custody, serving part of their sentence in the community or whilst under supervision in the community. Those held on remand are not offenders.

  • Offender Manager

    An officer in a probation trust who takes responsibility for managing an offender through the period of time they are serving their sentence, whether in custody or the community.


    Office of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools in Wales. The education inspectorate in Wales worked under this name from 1992 until the name was changed to Estyn in 1999.

  • Open College Network

    This accredits units and qualifications that are mainly for adults but are also available for young people.

  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

    OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to:
    •  support sustainable economic growth;
    •  boost employment;
    •  raise living standards;
    •  maintain financial stability;
    •  assist other countries’ economic development; and
    •  contribute to growth in world trade.
  • Outdoor learning

    There is a strong emphasis on outdoor learning in the Foundation Phase. The outdoor learning environment should be an extension of the indoor learning environment. Generally, taking account of health and safety matters, children should be able to move freely between the indoors and outdoors.