What is a section 48 inspection?
If your school is designated as having a religious character, it will have its denominational education and collective worship inspected under section 48 of the Education Act 2005.
These are conducted in addition to Ofsted inspections.
This is explained in paragraphs 146 to 151 of Ofsted's School Inspection Handbook (2023).
You're responsible for organising inspections
Your job is to:
- Appoint the inspecting body, and
- Make sure inspections happen within the correct time frame for your school (see the section below)
In practice, once you've appointed the inspecting body, they'll organise all the practical bits, like when exactly the visits will happen.
Choosing and appointing the inspecting body is down to the:
- Foundation governors in a voluntary controlled school
- Governing board in other maintained schools
You need to do this in consultation with the relevant faith body – check the list.
This is explained