Questions Ofsted might ask you based on your role

Get an idea of what Ofsted could ask you and your colleagues all in one place, so you feel confident talking to inspectors. Find out what they could ask headteachers and SLT, middle leaders, SENCOs, teachers, SBMs and EYFS staff.

Last reviewed on 23 October 2023
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  1. Keep staff wellbeing front and centre
  2. Inspectors won't ask you every question
  3. Headteacher and senior leadership team (SLT)
  4. Middle leader
  5. SENCO
  6. Teacher
  7. School business manager (SBM)
  8. EYFS staff
  9. Subject-specific questions

Keep staff wellbeing front and centre

Inspection can be a stressful time for everyone, but keep in mind that inspection isn't a test or a judgment on individual members of staff.

Make sure you and your staff know who to go to if someone feels overwhelmed at any point during the inspection process. Use our staff briefing to help your staff feel confident and know what to expect from the inspection.

Inspectors won't ask you every question

Our questions are designed to help you and your staff feel confident when speaking to inspectors, but you're not expected to rehearse every question Ofsted could ask. 

Headteacher and senior leadership team (SLT) This resource includes questions Ofsted might ask you about: Quality of education (curriculum) Personal development Behaviour and attitudes Leadership and management Safeguarding As the headteacher or a

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