Short or monitoring inspection handbook

This handbook sets out how Ofsted will carry out short, monitoring and unannounced behaviour school inspections.

The handbook applies to inspections of mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, special schools, and pupil referral units.

Most 'good' schools will receive a short inspection in the first instance. Monitoring inspections apply to schools which were judged 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate' at their previous inspection.  

Section 8 inspections do not result in a change in grade and inspectors' judgement on how the school is progressing is set out in a letter.

Click here to view the handbook on the Ofsted website.


Published: 20/12/2017, by Fay Holland
Last Updated: 22/08/2018, by Tom Fellows