13. Making requirements and recommendations
What inspectors must do when making recommendations.
Inspectors will make recommendations to improve practice when a national minimum standard (NMS) is not met.
In making a recommendation, inspectors should refer to the NMS for boarding schools or residential special schools. They should always give enough detail for the school to be clear what they need to do. The relevant part of NMS should be summarised. Inspectors may also make recommendations in relation to other relevant statutory guidance such as:
- ‘Working together to safeguard children’, (Department for Education (DfE), 2015)
- ‘Statutory guidance for children who run away or go missing from home or care’ (DfE, 2014)
- Keeping children safe in education’, (Department for Education (DfE), 2016
If during an inspection the school rectifies a minor administrative error that has minimal impact on the quality of assessment, care and support of young people, an inspector may not need to make a recommendation about that matter. However, they may refer to this in the leadership and management section of the report.
Points for improvement
Inspectors may also identify points for improvement when an NMS has been met but an aspect of practice could be improved. The report must link any points for improvement to the relevant NMS.