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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.
Updated for changes to 'Requires improvement' monitoring and changes arising from the second consultation on short inspections.
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.