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Frequency of Ofsted inspections
Find out how often Ofsted inspects schools and get an idea of when your next inspection will be.
- Ofsted will inspect all schools by summer 2025
- Timings depend on your Ofsted grade and date of last inspection
- 'Outstanding' schools that were previously exempt
- 'Outstanding' special schools, PRUs, alternative provision academies and maintained nursery schools
- 'Good' schools
- Schools which 'require improvement'
- 'Inadequate' schools
- New schools
- How Ofsted decides who to inspect
- The difference between section 5 and section 8 inspections
- Further articles on inspection – checklist, questions and more
Ofsted will inspect all schools by summer 2025
Beginning with last term’s inspections, all schools and colleges will now receive at least one inspection by summer 2025. The acceleration of inspections won’t start until September 2022, as Ofsted has pretty much fixed its inspection schedule for this year.
You'll continue to receive either graded or ungraded inspections depending on your circumstances, as you do now.
Ofsted will updated its handbooks in 2022 to reflect this.
Extended intervals for the first inspection after the COVID-19 hiatus are still in place
However, they'll vary depending on how long ago you were last inspected. This is because the intervals will gradually get shorter from September 2022.
Essentially, this means:
You'll be inspected by summer 2025, rather than by 1 August 2026, as was
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