Questions Ofsted might ask SENCOs

Download our list of questions to find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask you as a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO). You'll also find questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and tips on how to make the most of your inspection meeting.

Last reviewed on 22 November 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Questions for SENCOs
  3. How inspectors decide what to ask
  4. Show inspectors how you meet pupils' needs

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Ofsted has updated its School Inspection Handbook (get details of the changes here) to include questions related to harmful sexual behaviour, the use of tutors to help pupils catch up after COVID-19, and the impact of the pandemic.

We've worked with our associate experts, Nina Siddall-Ward and Lorraine Petersen, to develop new questions based on the changes to the handbook. We don't know if these questions will be asked, but they'll give you an idea of the kinds of things inspectors may focus on. 

Questions for SENCOs

You'll usually meet with an inspector for 30 to 45 minutes during an Ofsted inspection. Download our questions to help you prepare. 

Curriculum Internal assessment data – inspectors won’t ask to see this, but you can still use it as evidence to demonstrate a point if you want. We’ve included some follow-up questions inspectors might ask if you