Education Inspection Framework (EIF)

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Order the EIF publication nowThe new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) came into place in September 2019.

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

It replaces 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 Education Inspection Framework (EIF)

EIF resources

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

Do we have a workshop near you?EIF workshops

The Alliance's new tailored Education Inspection Framework (EIF) package supports you to meet the new requirements. Delivered on-site direct to you and your team. 

The package includes two specialist workshops Exploring the EIF and Cultural Capital  plus our new publication Exploring the Education Inspection Framework available in September.

The workshops are delivered nationally through our network of Service Hubs.

Exploring the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) workshop

This workshop supports managers and leaders to better understand the requirements of the EIF. Participants will explore terms such as ‘intent, implementation and impact’. It will consider how the curriculum should look and offers support on ways to deliver successfully in their own provision.

It covers:

  • Key changes
  • The term Cultural Capital and what it means
  • The new judgement areas
  • Ofsted Inspector expectations of Intent, Implementation and Impact
  • The Important role managers and leaders play in the process
  • Paperwork necessary to support the process.

Cultural Capital workshop

Integral to Ofsted’s new inspection framework, the term Cultural Capital is described by Ofsted as being ‘the essential knowledge children need to be effective citizens’. This workshop considers the origins of the term and supports practitioners to recognise how the EYFS already supports Cultural Capital.

It covers:

  • What is the main theory behind Cultural Capital and how it has influenced Ofsted's definition​
  • What is meant by Cultural Capital
  • What Cultural Capital is not
  • How to enhance children’s learning using the concept of Cultural Capital
  • How to articulate how children experience the awe and wonder of the world through the seven areas of learning and development
  • How to demonstrate your provision enhances children's Cultural Capital.
Booking your EIF workshop

Find a workshop near you on our Upcoming Events page. Then contact the local Service Hub that will be running it to book your place. We look forward to working with you.

Central England Service Hub — Covering Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

Tel: 01525 715248  Email:

East Anglia Service Hub — Covering Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex

Tel: 01954 231751  Email:

East Midlands Service Hub — Covering Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire

Tel: 0116 229 1994  Email:

Lincolnshire Service Hub — Covering Lincolnshire

Tel: 01507 527500  Email:

London and Kent Service Hub — Covering London, Kent and Medway

Tel: 020 8695 5955   Email:

North of England Service Hub — Covering County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Cumbria, Bradford, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, East Riding, West Yorkshire, Isle of Man

Tel: 01924 460930   Email:

South East Service Hub  — Covering Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Dorset and Isle of Wight

Tel: 02392 325612   Email:

South West Service Hub — Covering Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Bristol

Tel: 01392 435464   Email:

West Midlands Service Hub — Covering Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire

Tel: 01922 404434  Email:


Cultural Capital  in the EIF — what you need to know


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

Webinar: Cultural Capital in Early Years Provision 


Exploring the Education Inspection Framework 


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