Ofsted pre-inspection checklist

You've received the call from Ofsted that you’re going to be inspected. Here’s what to do before they arrive, and the information you need to make available by the start of the inspection.

Last reviewed on 13 September 2022
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Contents
  1. Download our checklist
  2. Ofsted will take COVID-19 into account when inspecting your school
  3. Further reading

Download our checklist

It will help you prepare for a graded or ungraded inspection.

It includes a:

  • Step-by-step guide of what to do once Ofsted has called
  • List of all the information you need to make available by the start of the inspection

We referred to Ofsted's inspection handbook for September 2022, and its guide to inspection for schools, when writing this checklist.

Ofsted will take COVID-19 into account when inspecting your school

During the preparation call, inspectors will discuss with you:

  • The impact of the pandemic and your response to the situation
  • COVID-19 safety protocols for the inspection team to follow during inspection

Find out how else inspectors will bear COVID-19 in mind in our articles on how Ofsted inspects your curriculum and questions Ofsted might ask teachers.

Further reading