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Ofsted Inspection Preparation Pack

Ofsted Inspection Preparation Pack

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Waiting for the Ofsted phone call, worried you aren’t ‘ready’ or wondering what you should do prepare for an Ofsted inspection? This pack is designed to share valuable insights into the entire Ofsted inspection process, including the latest updates and requirements, tips for preparing your school for inspection and strategies for supporting and upskilling your team. With this pack, you'll feel confident and well-prepared for your next Ofsted inspection.
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What's included in this bundle?

Please note: this pack was last updated in May 2024 with updates to the website compliance checklist based on DfE guidance on what schools must publish on their website. Before that, the pack was updated in January 2024 in line with the latest updates to the Schools Inspection Handbook.

This comprehensive guidance pack with accompanying templates is designed to help you navigate your school improvement journey and ensure you and your team are prepared for an upcoming Ofsted inspection. The pack includes detailed information and resources on action planning and improvement as well as guidance on the pre-Ofsted inspection phone call and background preparation plus an extensive range of audits to ensure compliance.

When you make your purchase, you'll receive a ZIP file containing the whole pack, including:

  • 107-page PDF in full colour containing all the guidance, research and information you need.
  • low-colour, print-friendly version of the same pack.
  • 56 fully editable and easy-to-use templates that can be adapted for your setting. These include:
  1. Self-Evaluation Form (SEF)
  2. Post Ofsted Action Plan
  3. Ofsted Grade Descriptor Grids
  4. School Improvement Plan (SIP/SDP)
  5. School Improvement Plan Checklist
  6. Ofsted Phone Call Crib Sheet
  7. Pre-Inspection Documentation Checklist
  8. Example Ofsted Phone Call Questions
  9. Notification List
  10. Ofsted Folder Checklist
  11. Staff Story
  12. Isolation, Suspension and Exclusion Log
  13. Behaviour Log
  14. Bullying, Discriminatory and Prejudiced Behaviour Log
  15. Concern Log
  16. Safeguarding Referrals Log
  17. Open Cases with Social Care or Children’s Services Log
  18. Sexual Harassment and/or Violence Records
  19. Physical Intervention Records
  20. Example Ofsted SENDCo Questions
  21. SEND Folder Checklist
  22. SEND Audit
  23. SEND Self-Evaluation Form
  24. SEND Action Plan
  25. Pupil Premium Information Log
  26. Looked-After Children Information Log
  27. Persistent Absentee Log
  28. Off-Rolling Log
  29. Attendance Follow-Up Log
  30. Individual Attendance Audit
  31. Individual Attendance Plan 
  32. Attendance Strategy
  33. CPD Plan and Cycle
  34. CPD Survey
  35. Pupil, Parent, Staff and Governor Question Bank, with over 600 different questions to gather stakeholder views.
  36. Headteacher’s Report to Governors
  37. Annual Safeguarding Report to Governors
  38. Leadership and Management Audit 
  39. Leadership and Management Action Plan
  40. Quality of Education Audit
  41. Quality of Education Action Plan
  42. Mental Health and Wellbeing Audit
  43. Mental Health and Wellbeing Action Plan
  44. Behaviour and Attitudes Audit
  45. Behaviour and Attitudes Action Plan
  46. Personal Development Audit
  47. Personal Development Action Plan
  48. Equality and Diversity Audit
  49. Equality and Diversity Action Plan
  50. Safeguarding Audit 
  51. Safeguarding Action Plan 
  52. Policy Tracker
  53. Website Compliance Checklist
  54. Single Central Record Checklist
  55. Safer Recruitment Checklist 
  56. Pre-employment Checklist

Throughout the pack, we’ll explain concepts, guide your thinking and provide scaffolds so you can focus on adapting everything to the needs of your pupils and staff, saving your valuable time and allowing you to be confident and well-prepared for when that call comes through.

Who will find this resource useful?

Headteachers, deputy headteachers, assistant headteachers and members of the senior leadership team wishing to develop their understanding of not only the Ofsted process, but also how to support your school improvement journey. 

If you’ve never experienced an Ofsted inspection in a leadership position or one under the Education Inspection Framework (EIF), or if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin, then this pack can support you throughout the preparation process. This pack is also suitable for experienced school leaders.

What questions does this pack have the answers to?

Wondering what an inspection or the pre-inspection phone call entails? Perhaps all the talk about it feels overwhelming and you aren’t sure where to begin? This pack will share valuable insights and resources that can help you to navigate the preparation for an inspection and your school improvement journey, improve the quality of education and services provided by your school, and stay up-to-date with the latest requirements and expectations from Ofsted.

 Key questions answered in this pack:

  • What is a post-Ofsted action plan?
  • What is a SEF?
  • Why does Ofsted ask to see your SEF?
  • When should the SEF be completed?
  • What is a SIP?
  • Who is involved in creating the SIP?
  • When should the SIP be written?
  • How do I structure my SIP?
  • What Is the Difference between a SEF and a SIP?
  • What can I expect when Ofsted call?
  • What should I do following the Ofsted notification phone call?
  • What can I expect during the call with the lead inspector?
  • How can I prepare for the Ofsted phone call?
  • What can I expect when Ofsted first call?
  • When is the right time to inform staff and pupils about an Ofsted inspection?
  • Why is it necessary to have documentation prepared for Ofsted?
  • What documents do I need to have to-hand for Ofsted?
  • What do Ofsted need to know about individual staff members?
  • How will inspectors view suspensions and exclusions?
  • What sort of judgement will inspectors make about safeguarding?
  • What will inspectors look for with safeguarding?
  • What safeguarding records will Ofsted inspect?
  • What will Ofsted inspectors ask pupils and staff about safeguarding arrangements?
  • What SEND records will Ofsted inspect?
  • What will Ofsted ask about SEND?
  • What is a pupil premium strategy?
  • What information will Ofsted gather about pupil premium?
  • What will Ofsted gather about looked-after children (LAC)?
  • What attendance records will Ofsted inspect?
  • What is off-rolling?
  • How can off-rolling be prevented?
  • How can attendance be improved?
  • What performance management evidence will Ofsted view?
  • What CPD records will Ofsted inspect?
  • What will inspectors do to gather the views of parents, pupils and staff?
  • How can I get a better understanding of parent, pupil and staff views?
  • What is the role of an external advisor?
  • What questions will governors be asked during an Ofsted inspection?
  • How can I support governors to prepare for an Ofsted inspection?
  • What is the purpose of an audit?
  • How do I choose which area to audit?
  • How do I prepare for an audit?
  • How will Ofsted inspect leadership and management?
  • How will Ofsted inspect the quality of education?
  • How will Ofsted inspect behaviour and attitudes?
  • How will Ofsted inspect personal development?
  • How will Ofsted inspectors view mental health and wellbeing?
  • How will Ofsted view equality and diversity?
  • What do Ofsted expect to see on your school website?
  • When should I check the school website?
  • How can I ensure my school website is compliant and up to date?
  • What is the single central record (SCR)?
  • How do Ofsted inspect the single central record?
  • Who should monitor the single central record?
  • How can I ensure all necessary recruitment and safeguarding checks have taken place?

What else can help me?

If you don't need the full pack, we've split the pack into smaller section which are available to purchase separately - ideal if you only want to focus on one or two particular sections. These can be found here:

We also have an EYFS Deep Dive and Evaluation Audit Bundle and a range of subject Deep Dive Packs

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Sally Jaimes
Really useful & great service!

Ordered this by school invoice on Monday and it was in my inbox the same day. Really useful and clear information - now it's time to get prepped! Thanks for the quick turnaround!

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Chris
Clear guidance around expectations

Helpful pack and guidance - easy to divide areas among the SLT for their areas of responsibility.

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Tom
Prepared us so well for inspection!

The information and templates in this pack prepared the whole team really well for our recent Ofsted inspection. We used this pack to gather together everything and complete audits in areas where we weren't satisfied. This highlighted what needed to be worked on and we were able to make rapid improvements prior to our inspection in September. It's very thorough - I highly recommend it for headteachers.