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Last updated on 23 December 2019
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Find out how often Ofsted inspects schools and get an idea of when your next inspection will be.

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  1. Timings depend on your Ofsted grade and date of last inspection
  2. 'Outstanding' schools
  3. 'Outstanding' special schools, PRUs, alternative provision academies and maintained nursery schools
  4. 'Good' schools
  5. Schools which 'require improvement'
  6. 'Inadequate' schools
  7. New schools
  8. Ofsted can't always re-inspect in the given time frame
  9. Inspections can happen any time from 5 school days after autumn term starts
  10. Inspection triggers
  11. The difference between section 5 and section 8 inspections

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