Routine process remains largely the same, but with extended inspection intervals
Ofsted restarted routine, graded inspections from September 2021 after the hiatus due to COVID-19. In the main, inspections will follow the usual procedures:
- If your school is 'good' or 'outstanding', it will get a section 8 inspection lasting 2 days
- If your school 'requires improvement', it will be re-inspected under section 5 and may also be monitored if it receives 2 or more successive ‘overall effectiveness’ judgements of 'requires improvement'
- If your school offers early years provision or is a maintained nursery school, Ofsted will inspect this as part of its regular inspection
- If your school is a non-association independent school, Ofsted's handbook sets out the process
The guidance below applies to maintained schools, academies,