Questions Ofsted might ask SBMs

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

Last reviewed on 18 September 2023
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  1. Download our list of questions
  2. Other areas inspectors can ask you about
  3. See more support to help you prepare for Ofsted

Download our list of questions

Other areas inspectors can ask you about

Inspectors will focus on safeguarding

  • Check that your single central record (SCR) is current and includes all the relevant people
  • Make sure all recruitment information and documents have been verified, and that records are to hand
  • Make sure safeguarding procedures (such as those for signing in visitors) are robust 

Inspectors may ask you about behaviour

As part of their inspection of behaviour and attitudes, inspectors will have group conversations with staff (including support staff). They'll want to know about the support you get managing behaviour. 

To prepare, make sure you can talk about:

Ofsted wants to know that the staff most likely to be affected by bad behaviour (including support staff, trainees, and ECTs) are well-supported by the