Every year, we choose a broadly representative sample of schools to inspect. Read more >
No. There is a clear read across from the old to the new common inspection framework (CIF). Read more >
If a school was placed in a follow-up category during the previous arrangements, will the follow-up processes be the same as they were or will they be different from September 2017?
There is new guidance available on how we will manage the transition from the current follow-up arrangements to new follow-up arrangements this year. Read more >
Inspectors will consider attendance mainly in the new Inspection Area 2 (Wellbeing and attitudes to learning). Read more >
If a summary paragraph is used rather than two overall judgements how can leaders, staff, parents easily identify good schools?
The summary paragraph will provide a short summary of the inspection findings. It will provide a clear, balanced indication of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. Read more >
Why have you introduce pre-inspection questionnaires for staff and governors from September 2017? And why are you not publishing the questionnaire outcomes at the end of the report?
We currently have pre-inspection questionnaires for pupils and parents. These guide lines of inquiry for the inspection team during the inspection. Read more >
Who should complete the staff questionnaire? Should the school forward it to all employees or just teaching staff? Should agency staff in the school complete it? What if a teacher is ill and absent from school?
We use a number of pre-inspection questionnaires. There is a separate one for teachers and a separate one for support/admin staff. Read more >
Inspections from September 2017 will consider the quality of provision in the sixth form. There is more guidance on this in the secondary school inspection guidance handbook on our website. Read more >