Section 8 school inspection handbook

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



Section 8 inspections do not fall under section 5 of the Education Act 2005 (read the section 5 handbook). They include:

  • inspections of schools previously judged to be good (unless they’ve changed significantly or are flagged by our risk assessment process)
  • inspections of special schools, pupil referral units and maintained nursery schools previously judged to be outstanding
  • monitoring inspections for schools previously judged inadequate or requires improvement
  • inspections where we have a particular cause for concern (for example, about behaviour and attitudes, safeguarding or leadership)
Published 14 May 2019
Last updated 1 November 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated with minor changes following the launch of the education inspection framework (EIF).

  2. Updated with minor changes as we launch the education inspection framework (EIF).

  3. First published.