Guidance: School inspection data summary report (IDSR) guide


November 15
09:37 2023

Overview of the Ofsted IDSR

This guide is for primary and secondary schools, including those with a sixth form.

The IDSR is a web-based page for Ofsted inspectors to use when preparing for and during inspection. It is intended as a tool for inspectors, which summarises and analyses available data about that school to support the inspection. The IDSR is also designed to align with our school inspection handbook, to inform inspection conversations. It is not intended to be an exhaustive profile of the school or to, in itself, provide any judgement or assessment of a school.

The IDSR can contain sensitive information about schools and colleges. It is your responsibility to ensure that the IDSR is stored and shared appropriately. Please see our IDSR conditions of use and storage statement.

For phonics, key stage 1 and key stage 2 data, the standards have been kept consistent between 2022 and 2023 data; therefore, it is possible to compare data across these years. However, the IDSR will not directly compare data across years. For key stage 4 and 16 to 18, due to a different grading approach in 2022, it is not possible to make direct comparisons between 2022 and 2023. As with primary data, the IDSR does not make direct comparisons across years. Instead, the IDSR contains arrowsthat indicate whether the school value compared with the national value each year has changed. There are further details about how the arrows are calculated later in this document.

Anonymised IDSRs

These anonymised IDSRs are examples for a primary school and a secondary school with a sixth form:

IDSR reports are dynamically generated based on school data and can differ from school to school.

Access your schools Ofsted IDSR

As a web page through our website

You can access it directly through our new Ofsted IDSR service or from the Department for Education (DfE)s Analyse School Performance (ASP) service. You will need a DfE Sign-in account and associated permissions for the school(s). We recommend that users with more than 1 school use our direct link.

Ofsted cant give or take away access or add schools within DfE Sign-in. But the approver for your school/organisation will be able to help. To find out your approver, please login to your DfE Sign-in account and click on the Services tab. Then click on See approvers at an organisation.

: IDSR service

Download and use offline

If you want to use the IDSR offline, you have several options.

Option 1 click the download this page button located at the top of the web page. This will download the HTML page automatically to your downloads folder. You do not need an internet connection to view and share it.

Option 2 click the print this page button. This will take you to the print configuration page where you can print as a hard copy document.

Option 3 click the print this page button. This will take you to the print configuration page where under printer you can select save as PDF. This will convert the page into a PDF which can then be saved and shared. (Please note that this is reliant on you having the correct up-to-date software. Older versions may not support this functionality.)

Ofsted IDSR 2023

As outlined in the school inspection handbook, inspectors will gather evidence of the impact of the quality of education from various sources. This includes nationally generated performance information about pupils progress and attainment. The IDSR can only provide a starting point, however. Inspectors want to see first-hand the quality of education as experienced by pupils and understand how well leaders know what it is like to be a pupil at the school.

The Ofsted IDSR has been designed to:

  • reduce the time spent preparing for an inspection

  • provide interpretation of the data for inspectors

  • minimise the focus on small groups that distract the conversation away from meeting the needs of all pupils

Where applicable, the Ofsted IDSR contains:

  • School characteristics based on 2023, 2022 and 2021 data
  • Ethnicity based on 2023 data
  • Prior attainment based on 2023 prior data
  • SEND characteristics based on 2023 data
  • Staffing based on 2022, 2021 and 2020 data
  • Links to alternative provision and other providers based on 2023 data
  • Absence based on 2021/22 data
  • Suspensions and permanent exclusions based on 2021/22, 2020/21 and 2019/20 data
  • Pupil movement based on movement between Jan 2021 and Jan 2022 census, Jan 2020 and Jan 2021 census
  • Progress and attainment at key stages 1 and 2 based on 2023 data
  • Subject entries at key stage 4 based on 2023, 2022 and 2021 data
  • Progress and attainment at key stage 4 based on 2023, 2022 and 2019 data
  • Destinations at key stage 4 based on 2020/21, 2019/20 and 2018/19
  • 16 to 18 qualification types based on 2023, 2022 and 2019 data
  • 16 to 18 retention based on 2022 and 2019 data
  • Subject entries at 16 to 18 based on 2023, 2022 and 2021 data
  • Attainment at 16 to 18 based on 2023, 2022 and 2019 data
  • Destinations 16 to 18 based on 2020/21, 2019/20 and 2018/19
  • Pupil groups data based on 2023 (primary), 2023 (secondary) and 2021/22 (absence)

If applicable, the Ofsted IDSR service will provide a link to a predecessor or successor provider to view. Some providers with a predecessor will not have a link. This is because we decided not to include predecessors where there was no data on the predecessor school.

School details

The school details information at the beginning of the report comes from the DfEs Get information about schools (GIAS) service. This data is correct as of the release date on the IDSR.

Report information

The Ofsted IDSR will always show which release of performance data the report is based on. It will also show the date that the report was last released.

For example:

Release information: Provisional 2023 Phonics, Provisional 2023 KS1, Provisional 2023 KS2, Provisional 2023 KS4, Provisional 2023 16 to 18

Release date: 15 November 2023

Trust information

This expandable section provides information about the trust to which the school belongs. Only schools that are part of a multi-academy trust (MAT) will get this section of the report.

It will have information about the number of schools in the trust and the latest overall effectiveness grades of the schools within the trusts.

The grade profile of schools within a

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