Deferring Ofsted inspections

Ofsted’s policy for determining that an inspection of a provider should not go ahead on the planned dates.


Deferral of Ofsted inspections: information for providers

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This deferral policy applies to inspections of:

  • maintained schools and academies (and other types of school inspected under sections 5 and 8 of the Education Act 2005)
  • inspections of early years provision under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006
  • independent schools inspected by Ofsted
  • providers of further education and skills
  • children’s centres
  • providers of initial teacher education
Published 28 August 2015
Last updated 20 June 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated for information about childminder agency inspection.
  2. Additional bullet point on page 4 about deferring independent school inspections.
  3. First published.