Section 8 school inspection handbook (EIF)

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors carrying out school inspections under section 8 of the Education Act 2005, for use from September 2019.


School inspection handbook: section 8

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This guidance applies from September 2019 when Ofsted’s education inspection framework (EIF) comes into force. For current section 8 inspections, please consult the handbook for short, monitoring and unannounced behaviour school inspections.

Section 8 inspections

These 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 require improvement
  • inspections where we have a particular cause for concern (for example, about behaviour and attitudes, safeguarding or leadership)
Published 14 May 2019