Last reviewed on 24 September 2020
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For maintained schools and academies, Ofsted will carry out 'visits, not inspections' during the autumn term. Learn what it'll focus on and what it’ll publish, so you know what to expect. Plus, see what the situation is if you're in a non-association independent school.

Maintained schools and academies 

'Visits, not inspections' 

Instead of inspections, Ofsted will have conversations with your headteacher and your school's leadership team about how they're welcoming children back to school.

Ofsted has noted that, like you, it wants to help pupils make up for lost time and receive high-quality education after being away from school for so long. It isn't trying to catch your leaders out. It’ll work with your headteacher and staff, keeping conversations constructive and non-judgemental. 

The visits will allow parents and the public to understand how individual schools are returning to the school’s normal curriculum.

You won't play a role in the visit itself. If you do wish to speak with inspectors you can request a meeting and they'll try to accommodate a brief conversation. But, bear in mind that you'll only be able to discuss matters relevant to the purpose of the visit (i.e.