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Ofsted Phone Call Preparation Pack

Ofsted Phone Call Preparation Pack

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Waiting for the Ofsted phone call or wondering what it entails? Want to be prepared for when the time comes? Updated in January 2024 to be in line with the guidance in Ofsted's Schools Inspection Handbook, this pack is designed to give you an inside look into what to expect when that Ofsted phone call comes through and the questions you’re likely to be asked. With the information and resources in this pack, you can feel confident and well-prepared for your next Ofsted inspection.
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What's included in this bundle?

Please note, you can get this resource as part of a larger pack that covers a wide range of Ofsted preparation topics: Ofsted Inspection Preparation Pack

Updated for 2024,  this is a comprehensive guidance pack with accompanying templates to help you navigate what the Ofsted phone call will entail and ensure your team is prepared for an upcoming inspection. From the pre-inspection call to the moment the inspectors arrive (and everything in between!) this pack will provide you with hints and tips as to what might be useful for you to do, say and have at hand as that phone rings. 

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

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

  • 16 -page PDF in full colour containing all the guidance and information you need on how the Ofsted phone call process works.
  • low-colour, print-friendly version of the same pdf.
  • 5 fully editable and easy-to-use templates that can be adapted for your setting. These include:
  1. Example Ofsted Phone Call Questions with over 30 potential questions to discuss
  2. Ofsted Phone Call Crib Sheet
  3. Notification List - to have at hand when Ofsted do call so you can quickly inform all necessary parties.
  4. Pre-Inspection Documentation Checklist 
  5. Ofsted Folder Checklist

Who will find this resource useful?

Headteachers, deputy headteachers, assistant headteachers and members of the senior leadership team wishing to develop their understanding of what the pre-inspection phone call with Ofsted involves and their role in supporting the process to run smoothly.

What questions does this pack have the answers to?

Ofsted is spoken about at great length, but we often don’t know what to expect until we are in the moment. This pack helps to break away from the myths and rumours and focuses on what will really take place, allowing you to prepare for an Ofsted inspection at your own pace.

Key questions answered: 

  • How can I prepare for the Ofsted phone call?
  • What documents do I need to have to-hand for the Ofsted phone call?
  • What can I expect when Ofsted first call?
  • What should I do following the first administrative Ofsted phone call?
  • What can I expect during the call with the Ofsted lead inspector?
  • What questions will Ofsted ask when they call?
  • When is the right time to inform staff and pupils about an Ofsted inspection?
  • How can I keep the team calm and motivated for Ofsted?

What else can help me?

See our Ofsted-focused resources for further help and support.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
St Albans AHT
Feeling confident now!

So many sleepless nights about "The Call" but this pack has made it feel manageable. Thank you!

Phone call!!

We got this pack in January and my deputy and I had practiced the questions and got the lists set up... well we got the call two weeks ago!!! I've got to say the questions are so accurate based on what we were asked. All the prep helped my deputy to answer questions as I rushed back from another school in our MAT and actually, the phone call was fine! Thought I'd leave this review to say a big thanks to Honeyguide!!!