View the section 8 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.

Information on Ofsted plans during COVID-19 pandemic

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