Handbook for short, monitoring and unannounced behaviour school inspections

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors carrying out school inspections under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.


School inspection handbook: section 8

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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.