Questions Ofsted might ask middle leaders

Download our list of questions Ofsted inspectors might ask. You'll find questions related to each area of the inspection framework to help you feel confident when talking to inspectors.

Last reviewed on 8 August 2023
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  1. Download our list of questions
  2. How inspectors decide what to ask 

Download our list of questions

This resource includes questions Ofsted might ask you about:

  • Quality of education (curriculum)
  • Personal development
  • Behaviour and attitudes
  • Leadership and management
  • Safeguarding

Inspectors will tend to speak to you if have responsibility for individual subjects and/or aspects of the curriculum. 

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 experts Alvin Jeffs, Gulshan Kayembe, Andrew Lagden, David New and Nina Siddall-Ward

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'.

How inspectors decide what to ask 

Focus your preparation time by identifying which areas inspectors are most likely to be interested in when inspecting your school. 

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