Last reviewed on 7 October 2021
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Find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask you during inspection and what evidence you can use to support your answers.

The impact of COVID-19

Ofsted recognises the disruption caused to schools by the pandemic and has updated its School Inspection Handbook to reflect this. For information on how inspectors will consider the impact of the pandemic, read our article here.

Questions Ofsted might ask

Based on the 2019 Ofsted framework, use these questions to prepare for an inspection and see suggestions of evidence you can provide to support your answers.

They cover: 

  • Your understanding of your role and school
  • Quality of education/curriculum 
  • Use of funding
  • Safeguarding
  • Personal development, behaviour and attitudes

We developed this list based on:

  • The inspection experiences of 3 governing boards under the 2019 framework
  • Recommendations from our associate education experts
  • blog post by Sean Harford, Ofsted's national director of education

They'll be able to offer guidance as to what Ofsted's key lines of enquiry might be based on