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

As a trust leader, feel confident in providing effective support to your schools after they've been inspected by Ofsted. Know what steps to take, whatever judgements your schools receive.

Last reviewed on 31 May 2024See updates
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  1. Attend the final feedback meeting 
  2. Go through the inspection report
  3. For ungraded inspection outcomes
  4. For monitoring inspections
  5. Draw up your action plans
  6. Follow up with the academy

The guidance in this article comes from the School Inspection Handbook and one of our experts, David New.

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. 

Let any staff attending know that the meeting is voluntary and that attendees can leave at any time (they can also leave for a short time and then return) – see paragraph 160 of the inspection handbook.

Key findings from the inspection, and that these, along with points provided in the feedback meeting, will be in the report (but the text might be slightly different to the oral feedback) Any recommendations for improvement The implications for your school if it's judged to be 'inadequate' That the draft report should not be

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