FAQs

Ofsted Scheme Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which schools are eligible?
  • When can we apply?
  • Who can use the service?
  • School policy is to control student access to educational software?
  • Is there any training for teachers?
  • My secondary school cannot afford a Digimap for Schools licence, but has a good Ofsted rating. Why can’t I have free use too?
  • My school is in Scotland or Wales, are we eligible?
  • We have secondary age pupils and are on that list are we eligible?
  • Why is this scheme only open to secondary schools?
  • We are a special school, are we eligible?
  • Where can I read about the terms and conditions of Digimap for Schools?

  • Q. Which schools are eligible?
    A. This Scheme is open to all schools in England, who have students in any of the following year groups 11 (GCSE), 12 (AS level) and 13 (A level), and who also appear on the Ofsted published list for Management Information 31st August 2016 accessible on this page OR subsequent lists of inspections which will be published up to and including inspections that take place before 31 August 2017.

    Q. When can we apply?
    A. We recommend you apply as soon as possible. You must activate your registration by 1st November 2017 to benefit from the maximum free period of two years.
    Schools who activate their registration between 1 November 2017 and 31 August 2019 will benefit from free access for a shorter period until 31 October 2019.
    No applications will be accepted after 31 August 2019.
    Schools that are already subscribed to Digimap for Schools will automatically be given two free years from the end of their present subscription.

    1st November 2016 to 1st November 2017 31 October 2018 to 31 October 2019
    Schools registering between these dates receive 48 months free access Depending on date registered free access will expire during this period

    2nd November 2017 to 31 August 2019 31 August 2019 31st October 2019
    Schools registering will receive less than 48 months free access No applications accepted after this date Free access will expire on 31st October 2019

    Q. Who can use the service?
    A. Access is free for ALL teachers and students at your school for teaching and learning. Digimap for Schools replaces the need for schools to provide students with Ordnance Survey paper maps by providing a complete online library of Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain.
    Please provide immediate access to the school username and password so everyone can find the maps they need without having to ask a specific teacher. (Posters will be supplied in your welcome pack.)
    All outputs from the service, whether paper or digital are protected by watermarking and / or the copyright acknowledgements. You may access the service remotely, print and save unlimited maps.

    Q. School policy is to control student access to educational software?
    A. Our experience shows that schools who restrict access to Digimap for Schools get much less benefit for their students.
    EDINA remotely monitor use of the service and contact you if little or no use is being made of the service in your school, which would indicate that the log-in details are not adequately publicised. We reserve the right to withdraw free access to Digimap for Schools if a school is not making any use of it.

    Q. Is there any training for teachers?
    A. Yes. Training is free and is usually delivered as a twilight session in a local host school. A short training event will increase your confidence of working with digital mapping and we will let you know about availability in your area. If you want to be a host venue email Darren.Bailey@os.uk to volunteer your school.
    In the meantime there are many ‘step by step’ teaching resources and videos available.

    Q. My secondary school cannot afford a Digimap for Schools licence, but has a good Ofsted rating. Why can’t I have free use too?
    A. Secondary schools in England began to teach new GSCE and A level specifications from the start of term in Autumn 2016. All schools will be investing in new teaching materials to support this. However, schools with a 3 or 4 rating face additional challenges and must prioritise their spending to address specific issues highlighted by Ofsted. We have only limited funds to give free support and have chosen to focus on this defined group of underperforming schools.

    Q. My school is in Scotland or Wales, are we eligible?
    A. This scheme is only open to schools in England who are teaching the new GCSE’s and A levels.

    Q. We have secondary age pupils and are on that list are we eligible?
    A. In order to be eligible your school must be providing full-time education for students who are preparing to take examinations in Years 11, 12 and 13. If you only have lower year groups your school is not eligible.

    Q. Why is this scheme only open to secondary schools?
    A. The primary aim is to ensure that students attending schools with an Ofsted 3 or 4 rating can access Digimap for Schools to support their GCSE and AS/ A level studies.

    Q. We are a special school, are we eligible?

    A. Yes, if you meet the criteria AND are preparing students to take GSCE and/or AS/A levels.

    Q. Where can I read about the terms and conditions of Digimap for Schools?
    A. This scheme is supported by Ordnance Survey. The full terms and conditions of Digimap for Schools may be read at digimapforschools.edina.ac.uk/termsofuse