Ofsted’s approach to inspection deferral, cancellation and rescheduling for maintained schools and several other types of school in England.
There are a limited number of circumstances in which a decision can be taken that an inspection should not go ahead on the planned dates. The purpose of this policy is to set out Ofsted’s approach to the deferral, cancellation and rescheduling of inspections under sections 5 and 8 of the Education Act 2005 (as amended). The policy does not apply to decisions to reschedule the start date of an inspection within five working days. Reference to ISPs in this document refers to Ofsted’s inspection service provider partners who administer and conduct inspections on behalf of Ofsted.