Questions Ofsted might ask SBMs

Learn what questions Ofsted inspectors might ask school business managers (SBMs) during an inspection under the 2019 Ofsted framework, and read some tips for preparing for inspection.

Last reviewed on 3 October 2022
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  1. Ofsted will take COVID-19 into account
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Ofsted will take COVID-19 into account

While COVID-19 is no longer a separate section in the school inspection handbook, Ofsted will consider it when inspecting your school.

Be aware that inspectors will use the preparation phone call with your headteacher to:

  • Agree any safety protocols the inspection team need to follow if your school has pupils or staff who are particularly at risk of COVID-19
  • Have an educationally-focused conversation about the school's progress since the previous inspection, including the impact of COVID-19

Your headteacher might need your input if the inspector asks questions related to safeguarding, school development plans, compliance with regulations (including coronavirus restrictions), and any impact of COVID-19 on the school's finances (for example, as a result of remote education or curriculum changes).

Brush up on what happens during a graded or ungraded inspection, so you know what to expect.

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