AMiE's approach of debate not demand has helped secure an official memo from Ofsted setting out a list of paperwork and practices which inspectors DO NOT require schools to provide as part of the inspection process.

You can read the memo here. This memo should lighten your burden of bureaucracy which has intensified to mitigate the rigours of an Ofsted inspection.

The Ofsted memo confirms the inspector:

  • does not expect schools to provide evidence for inspection beyond that set out in the inspection handbook
  • does not require the presentation of individual lesson plans
  • does not specify a single format for lesson planning
  • does not expect to see extensive written dialogue in exercise books.

This list hopefully provides you with more flexibility to lead and manage, and to adopt these measures only when there is a clear, evidenced reason for helping support and develop your staff. We are keen to assist you in making these matters of professional judgement.

We recognise that your ability to exercise professional judgement with confidence is essential to sustain the delivery of high quality education for your pupils


The following documents will be useful in preparation for Ofsted inspections.