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Will inspectors observe lessons during a monitoring follow-up visit?

During follow-up visits to schools, inspectors may observe lessons if they need to collect evidence relating to a specific recommendation. Read more >

Will all teachers be observed?

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

Do teachers have to provide a written lesson plan?

Teachers are not required to produce a lesson plan to give to the inspector visiting the lesson. Read more >

Will the work of support staff be assessed?

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

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 >

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 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 >

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