The inspection system
Highlights from school evaluation and improvement
- Updated Find out how often Ofsted inspects schools and get an idea of when your next inspection will be (including the current timings due to the pandemic).
- Updated Learn how Ofsted inspects pupil referral units (PRUs) and alternative provision (AP) academies. Also find information covering inspection of off-site units and residential provision.
- Updated Use our side-by-side comparison of Ofsted grade descriptors, which reflect the September 2022 School Inspection Handbook updates, to understand the criteria inspectors use to make their judgements.
- Updated If your school is rated 'requires improvement', you may receive a monitoring inspection before your next graded inspection. Understand what happens during a monitoring inspection and when Ofsted is likely to inspect you next.