Inspection delays due to COVID-19 backlog
Due to the backlog caused by the pandemic:
- You can expect a graded inspection (previously known as a section 5 inspection) about 5 to 6 terms later than you would have done before the pandemic (so, around 4 years after your last inspection)
- If your school is showing some improvement, but your performance in key aspects is not yet 'good', you may be judged 'requires improvement' again. In this case, Ofsted will normally monitor your school and your next graded inspection will likely be within 30 months (2 and a half years) of the publication of the previous report. If your inspection following monitoring is the first one since the pandemic, the period between inspections will be extended by up to 6 terms
This is covered in paragraphs 41 and 158 to 161 of the inspection handbook.
Subsequent inspection timings
If you're judged 'requires