School inspection is currently set out in legislation through the Education Act 2005. In this act, the regular two-day inspection is described as a Section 5 inspection and ‘other inspection’ is described as a Section 8 inspection (in England). This includes the new ‘short inspection’ of schools graded ‘Good`.
Schools that are graded Requires Improvement usually have a full re-inspection within 30 months. Schools graded Inadequate have more regular monitoring, alongside support to improve their grading.
Ofsted inspectors look at four main areas:
Schools receive a judgement for each of the four inspection areas, and an overall judgement. There are four numerical grades:
Ofsted takes into account the views of parents and carers giving parents the chance to tell Ofsted what they think of your child’s school, responding to the questions asked.
The questionnaire can be completed at any time – you don’t have to wait until the school is being inspected. The link below takes you to the Parent View website.