Frequently asked questions

Can I refuse to let an inspector into my classroom and do inspectors have a legal right to scrutinise my performance appraisal?

Under the legal powers given to the Chief Inspector, inspectors have the legal right to inspect schools, to observe lessons and to scrutinize evidence. Read more >

Will inspectors observe the lessons of supply teachers during the inspection?

Inspectors may observe lessons/sessions taught by a supply teacher or other cover arrangements. Read more >

Will inspectors evaluate the work of support staff?

All staff play a role during an inspection week, not just those who are observed or interviewed. Read more >

What can a teacher or school do if they think an inspection judgement is unfair or if they have concerns about the conduct of an inspection?

If a teacher has a concern, then they should talk in the first instance to the school’s nominee as soon as possible about the issue as they provide the best link to the inspection team. Read more >

How much evidence of pupils’ work will inspectors want to see?

Inspectors will want to scrutinize a sample of pupils’ work. In most cases, they will ask to see a sample of work from pupils in specific year groups or subjects. Read more >

Do inspectors expect to see literacy, numeracy and ICT taught in every lesson?

Inspectors do not have literacy, numeracy and ICT boxes to tick whenever they observe lessons during inspections. Read more >

Will inspectors observe teachers for the whole lesson?

Normally, during a lesson observation, inspectors will stay for a reasonable length of time to gather the evidence they require. Read more >

Will inspectors observe all teachers in a school?

This will depend on the nature and size of the school inspected. In a small primary school, it is likely that inspectors will observe all the teachers. Read more >