Guidance

Inspecting schools: handbook for inspectors

This school inspection handbook provides instructions and guidance for Ofsted inspectors.

Documents

School inspection handbook

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School inspection handbook

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Detail

The handbook sets out what inspectors must do and what schools can expect, and provides guidance for inspectors on making their judgements. It describes the main activities undertaken by inspectors conducting inspections of schools in England under section 5 of the Education Act 2005 (as amended) from September 2014. It also sets out the judgements that inspectors will make and on which they will report.

This handbook now forms the single key resource for the inspection of schools under section 5, except for the additional detailed guidance on safeguarding provided in Inspecting safeguarding in maintained schools and academies.