Guidance

School inspection handbook

Guidance for inspecting schools under the common inspection framework, with a mythbuster document on common misconceptions.

Documents

School inspection handbook

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School inspection handbook

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Ofsted inspections: myths

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. It also sets out the judgements that inspectors will make and on which they will report.

The handbook was updated in August 2016. Our latest inspection blog post outlines a summary of changes.

It is to be used in inspections under the ‘Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years’.

The mythbuster document sets out facts about Ofsted’s requirements and dispels myths that can result in unnecessary workloads in schools.