Ofsted inspectors: ID and DBS checks

When the Ofsted inspection team arrive, you need to check their identification but not their DBS information. Read our article to find out more.

Last reviewed on 4 April 2024
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  1. Inspectors carry identification (ID) badges
  2. Inspectors will have been DBS checked by Ofsted 
  3. Sharing other information

Inspectors carry identification (ID) badges

These include a photograph of the inspector along with their name and identification number.

The names of the inspection team will be given to you during your phone call with the lead inspector the day before the inspection begins. Check these names against their ID badges when they arrive, and record them according to your usual visitor protocols. 

There's no requirement for you to take a copy of the information on the ID badges, but they must be worn by inspectors at all times whilst visiting your school.

If you have a no-notice inspection, the lead inspector will usually phone the Ofsted regional office on arrival. You should raise and discuss any concerns about the identity of your inspectors at this point.

You don't need to check their DBS information when they arrive, as all inspectors will have been vetted appropriately

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