In the final part of his before, during and after series on school inspection, Anthony David reflects on how school leaders can often find themselves facing a low or feeling depressed after the inspectors have left...

There is quite an untold story about life after inspection and the purpose of this article is to help us reflect on this. It is an area that is not often discussed in education.

Timing is, as they say, everything. Sometimes things conspire to work for you and sometimes against you. I run two schools and during the academic year of 2016/17, I was Ofsted-inspected twice and Section 48 inspected twice (as both of my schools are church schools). Three days after my last inspection, my wife rang me from work – she was being inspected the next day. You couldn’t make it up.

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