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 31 October 2023
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  1. Download our questions to help you prepare 
  2. Identify areas inspectors are most likely to interrogate 
  3. Show inspectors how you meet pupils' needs

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Download our questions to help you prepare 

You'll usually meet with an inspector for 30 to 45 minutes during an Ofsted inspection. 

Questions cover the following areas: 

  • 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 do decide to use it
  • Behaviour and attitudes
  • Personal development
  • Leadership and management
  • Safeguarding

You'll also find pointers on evidence you could use to identify practical examples to back up your answers.

We’ve spread our questions related to COVID-19 throughout this document, rather than having them in a distinct section – this is to reflect the latest version of the School Inspection Handbook (September 2023).

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