How to follow up an Ofsted inspection at one of your schools

Follow our guide for trust leaders, so that you can provide effective support to your schools after they've been inspected by Ofsted. We go through the steps you should take whether your school is judged 'outstanding' or 'inadequate'.

Last reviewed on 23 February 2022
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  1. Attend the final feedback meeting 
  2. Go through the inspection report
  3. Draw up your action plans
  4. Follow up with the academy

Attend the final feedback meeting 

Make sure the CEO, or someone from the central leadership team, attends the final feedback meeting with the inspector and school headteacher. This is because Ofsted reports follow a strict style and don't give the full picture.

The lead inspector will make the following clear: 

  • The provisional grades awarded for each key judgement, with sufficient detail as to how each judgement was reached (emphasising that these grades are subject to change and must therefore be treated as confidential)
  • Key findings from the inspection
  • Any recommendations for improvement
  • The implications for the school if it's judged to be 'inadequate'

Make notes during the meeting and use these to support you when you go through the inspection report. 

Inspection reports for these schools don't, by their nature, contain as many (or as in depth) comments for improvement. That doesn't