Best Practice

Inspection: After the call has come...

With both of his schools having faced inspection recently, headteacher Anthony David offers his advice on preparing for inspection, handling the inspection itself, and the aftermath. In the second article in this series, he focuses on the inspection itself and what to expect after receiving the call…

My first article in this series looked at how to prepare for your inspection (see further information). This second article now looks at the inspection process.

Your initial call with the inspector is fact-finding – you will be asked practical questions about the school (which are set out in the inspection framework) and you should ask questions about the team (for one-day inspections it is increasingly common for there to be just one person).

Your initial call will last anywhere between 20 to 45 minutes. Ideally, take the call with your deputy head and use the speakerphone. The inspector will have your data available, as well as a review of your website and a version of the inspection dashboard.

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