Guidance for Ofsted inspectors carrying out school inspections under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
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This handbook sets out the arrangements for undertaking Ofsted inspections in the following circumstances:
- short inspections of schools judged to be good at their most recent section 5 inspection and those outstanding schools that are not exempt from section 5
- monitoring inspections of schools judged as requires improvement
- monitoring inspections of schools judged as having serious weaknesses
- monitoring inspections of schools judged as requiring special measures
- any inspection that is undertaken in other circumstances where the inspection has no specific designation, known as ‘section 8 no formal designation inspection’
- unannounced behaviour inspections
This handbook was updated on 13 October 2017: all changes will take effect on 30 October.
It should be read alongside the common inspection framework.
Published: 15 June 2015
Updated: 13 October 2017
- Update to the Short inspections of schools section reflecting the outcomes of a recent consultation; clarifications to the sections on Monitoring inspections; clarifications about engaging with those responsible for governance and inclusion of chief executives or equivalents in inspections of academies in multi-academy trusts; and updates reflecting changes to data reports (Analyse School Performance and the new inspection data summary reports or IDSR).
- Link to latest inspection blog post with summary of changes to handbook.
- Updated to reflect changes in legislation.
- Final document for use from September 2015 published.
- First published.