HMI has confirmed its plans for visits to state schools, further education and skills providers and independent schools during the autumn term.
The guidance for schools and academies is here:
The visits will include schools of different types and of all Ofsted grades. Visits will be based around constructive discussions with the school leaders; they are not inspections, so will not result in a grade.
Schools will be notified of the visit on the day before and talk about the practicalities of the visit. Normally, 2 inspectors will visit a school for 1 day, when they will have collaborative conversations with school leaders. They will talk about any barriers that the school is facing in managing the return to opening fully, how pupils are getting back into expected routines and their behaviour, and the school’s safeguarding arrangements. Inspectors will also talk to school leaders about how remote learning fits into their wider curriculum plans. After a visit, the inspector will write a short letter, which will be published on the Ofsted website.
The first visits will take place at the end of this month. Inspectors will observe social distancing and all other national or local guidance from the government to carry out these visits safely.
Full inspection is set to resume in January 2021, but this is being kept under review.