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Last reviewed on 2 September 2021
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Find out what happens before, during and after a section 5 Ofsted inspection under the 2019 framework, and understand what's expected of you at each step.

 This article is based on part 1 of the School Inspection Handbook.

Before the inspection


Ofsted will contact you by phone to announce the inspection, between 10:30am and 2pm of the school day before the inspection. They'll ask to speak to the most senior member of staff available.

During this call, Ofsted will check:

  • The number of pupils you have on roll
  • The governance arrangements you have
  • Whether you have any special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) provision, nursery provision for 2- and 3-year-olds, or additional resource provision

Following this call, you'll get a confirmation via email and a note setting out key information for you to look at.

The lead inspector's phone call

After you've been notified, the lead inspector will call and ask to speak to the headteacher.

A reflective, educationally focused conversation, looking at: Your school's context and the progress you've made

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