Former head teacher Michael Evans highlights some of the issues that schools should consider when preparing for an Ofsted inspection.


Inspections can take place at any point from five days after the first day pupils attend in the autumn term. For example, if pupils return on a Wednesday, an inspection can take place as soon as the following Wednesday.

How often a school is inspected will depend on the findings of its previous inspection. Due to the suspension of routine inspection activity during the Covid-19 pandemic, schools may receive their first routine inspection up to six terms later than they would have previously.

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