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Learn whether producing a post-inspection action plan is required in maintained schools, academies and independent schools. Download and adapt our template action plan, and see examples of plans from schools.

Requirements: maintained schools and academies

Maintained schools and academies aren't required to produce post-inspection action plans. 

However, schools are required to demonstrate how they intend to implement improvements. An action plan may be one way of doing this. 

An Ofsted representative told us this. 

Requirements: independent schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a policy statement on the regulation of independent schools.

It explains that where an independent school is not meeting required standards, the DfE will usually ask the school to prepare an action plan setting out how it will address the failings, and by when.

The request for an action plan is issued very soon after the school’s inspection report is published. This is usually within a month of the inspection.

After the action plan is assessed by the school’s inspectorate, the DfE either approves it, rejects it, or approves it with modifications.


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