Ofsted is looking to spy on the Facebook accounts of parents and pupils to help predict failing schools.
The school's watchdog is looking at the possibility of using social media to help predict which schools are at risk of a drop in performance.
In a new document Ofsted reveals it is talking to the government about a project that would explore how data and information gathered from the internet could be used to "predict and prevent" declines in standards.
Any work that Ofsted does in this area would be confined to open online forums, the watchdog said.
The move potentially means that the inspectorate could look at individual or group public social media accounts, such as those of parents or pupils.
Ofsted's latest innovation and regulation plan says that it will be "engaging with Department for Education in a data science project to explore the possibility of using near-realtime data and information from social media and other sources to predict and prevent decline in school performance".
Mark Orchison, managing director of education technology specialist firm 9ine Consulting, told Schools Week magazine, which first reported the story, that Ofsted could make use of new technology such as "Google data studio", which can track an organisation's traffic and popularity on social media.
The platform could be used to show who is talking about a particular school on social media channels, who is mentioning it and the perception of it, he suggested.
An Ofsted spokeswoman said: "Like any regulator, we are always looking at how we can improve our monitoring of standards in schools and to identify where there may be concerns about children's safety or the quality of education they are receiving.
"It's important to say that we do not currently collate information from social media channels. Any work that we may do in this area in the future would of course be confined to open forums and would be for the sole purpose of helping decide whether to bring forward an inspection in certain instances."