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Information, resources and tools to help you get up to speed before Ofsted arrives.

This page contains a selection of our most essential Ofsted-related articles and tools. To help you find what you need, we have placed the links to these articles under 3 headings: 

  • Guidance for leaders
  • Documentation
  • Possible questions from Ofsted

Follow the links so you're ready when the inspectors arrive.

If you need any more information, try browsing our full collection of articles on preparing for inspection.

You can also find out about information Ofsted has released recently in another of our articles, which is updated on a monthly basis.

Guidance for leaders

We have a series of articles relaying guidance on how senior leaders, middle leaders and heads of sixth form can prepare for Ofsted inspections.

We have also worked with 2 of our association education experts to create a KeyDoc checklist of tasks to complete before your school is inspected by Ofsted:

You will also find guidance on what to expect in a section 5 Ofsted inspection in another of our articles. It relays guidance from Ofsted on what happens before, during and after an inspection.  

In the video below, Martin Bayliss, the headteacher of Holyhead School, a secondary academy in Birmingham, gives advice on strengthening leadership before an inspection. Martin’s advice is in reference to the previous (2012) Ofsted inspection framework, but schools may still find it useful.



We have several articles which can help you with preparing documentation for an Ofsted inspection.

One of our articles outlines the documents inspectors will ask to be made available for the start of an inspection, along with a downloadable checklist. 

Possible questions from Ofsted

We have articles setting out possible questions our associate education experts have suggested that Ofsted inspectors might ask staff in particular roles. You may find these helpful to refer to when getting ready for inspection. They include questions Ofsted might ask:

You may also like to browse our full collection of possible questions from Ofsted, which covers many other roles.

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