The section 5 and section 8 handbooks have been updated to show some changes to the timeframes for inspections.

Sean Harford, in his latest blog (click here to view) explains that Ofsted are:

  • extending the usual timeframe within which good schools receive a short inspection from approximately 3 to 4 years. The maximum period in which we would return remains the statutory 5 years from the end of the academic year of the previous inspection, as at present for schools
  • aligning the re-inspection window for requires improvement, serious weakness and special measures schools to up to 30 months (from 30, 18, and 24 months respectively.


These are the most up to date copies of the handbooks, older versions should be destroyed! Clicking on the image takes you to the document.