Questions Ofsted might ask middle leaders

Download our list of questions Ofsted inspectors might ask. You'll find questions related to COVID-19, covering topics like how you delivered remote learning, helped pupils catch up and supported your staff during the pandemic.

Last reviewed on 17 August 2022
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  1. Questions about your curriculum
  2. Other questions
  3. How inspectors decide what to ask 

Questions about your curriculum

Inspectors will only ask you these questions if you're a subject/phase/department/year group leader (or similar). If your leadership relates to another area (for instance, personal development or behaviour), use the list of questions in the section below.

This resource is based on:

  • Questions that middle leaders/subject leaders in 8 schools have been asked about their curriculum (for the 'quality of education' measure) under the 2019 Ofsted framework
  • Advice from our associate education expert. 

They're high-level questions that inspectors are likely to ask any subject lead. Once you've familiarised yourself with these, use our subject-specific questions to help you prepare for the more detailed questions you might be asked if your subject is chosen for a 'deep dive'.

Ofsted will end the transitional arrangements that are currently in place. These were introduced (and subsequently extended due to the pandemic) to