Last reviewed on 2 March 2022
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Be clear on Ofsted's expectations and learn how an 'outstanding' school runs interventions so you can adopt the same approach in your school.

Ofsted doesn't judge individual interventions

Inspectors don't assess the quality of individual interventions, just as they don't evaluate the quality of individual lessons.

Instead, they'll want to see that your teachers are assessing pupils regularly, and using this information to identify pupils who need additional support or interventions.

Where you have interventions in place, inspectors might ask:

  • Why your school chose that intervention
  • What the impact has been
  • How your school is tracking the impact

 An Ofsted representative told us this.

The inspection handbook doesn't mention interventions specifically

However, in your teaching of early reading, inspectors will look at whether you:

  • Effectively identify pupils who are falling behind in phonics, and
  • Provide targeted support immediately 

See paragraph 351 of the School Inspection Handbook.

Case study: an 'outstanding' school's approach

It's a secondary teaching school in Warwickshire, but