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Last reviewed on 6 July 2021
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Ofsted will restart routine inspections in September 2021 for all school types and grades. See how inspectors will consider the impact of COVID-19 alongside the usual procedures.

Process remains largely the same, but with extended inspection intervals

Following a phased return to inspection this year, Ofsted will restart routine, graded inspections in September 2021, and will in the main follow the usual procedures:

  • If you're a 'good' or 'outstanding' school, you'll get a section 8 inspection lasting 2 days
  • If you're a 'requires improvement' school, you'll be re-inspected under section 5 and may also be monitored if you receive 2 or more successive ‘overall effectiveness’ judgements of 'requires improvement'
  • If you offer early years provision or are a maintained nursery school, Ofsted will inspect this as part of your regular inspection
  • If you're a non-association independent school, Ofsted's handbook sets out the process

However, your first inspection following the pandemic will be delayed – read the section 'Inspection intervals extended by up to 6 terms' in our article on changes for September 2021.

Inspectors will take COVID-19

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