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Section 48 inspections: guidance

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Last updated on 12 January 2017
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Is there advice for governors on section 48 inspections? Schools with a religious character must receive a section 48 inspection. We link to guidance for Church of England, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim schools.

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  1. 1 What is a section 48 inspection?
  2. 2 Section 48 inspections: Church of England guidance on SIAMS
  3. 3 Section 48 inspections: guidance from a Catholic diocese
  4. 4 Section 48 inspections: guidance for Jewish schools
  5. 5 Section 48 inspections in Muslim schools

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