School policies: what Ofsted is looking for

Ofsted inspectors won't grade your school's policies, but they'll want to know how it's implementing them. Find out what inspectors would want to see from your school.

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  1. Your school's individual policies won't be graded
  2. Ofsted will focus on implementation

As always, your role regarding policies is to review them and ask questions to make sure they're effective. Your role isn't to write or implement policies yourself.

Your school's individual policies won't be graded

Ofsted doesn't:

  • Make graded judgements about individual policies
  • Issue set criteria for what your school should have in a policy or how it should present it

We were told this by Ofsted.

Usually, inspectors will only want to talk to people to assess their understanding of any procedures your school has set out in policies, rather than look at the policies directly.

Inspectors can still ask to see policies

They can do this for any policies that are relevant to the focus of your school's inspection.

However, to get yourself prepared, use our policy bank to make sure your school