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Getting the inside track on Ofsted requirements

The School Inspection Handbook, subsidiary guidance, and a growing number of Ofsted briefings – where would we be without the wealth of inspectors’ guidelines issued by Ofsted HQ? As yet another batch is released, we look at some of the key messages

Ofsted has released yet another mini-library of guidance documents for its school inspectors.

But, they are not only for the inspectors – the documents are clearly meant for sharing, and their accessibility on Ofsted’s website and through Ofsted newsletters means that schools should pay them as much attention as the inspectors themselves (if not more).

It is a little like being privy to the questions and answers on a test paper before you take it. They tell you what inspectors will be looking for and what they expect to see.

In the face of the growing autonomy of schools, it is one way of ensuring that there is still control over what is done there. Put it in a briefing and who can risk ignoring it? Given which, here is our summary of some of the notable changes and key advice from the latest batch of documentation.

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