If I was in charge of OFSTED (Friday Questions)

Every Friday, we ask a random question on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

These are often generated by questions we get asked regularly or have been asked that week.

The idea is to bring together people’s knowledge and ideas and share them with everyone.

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Friday Question - in charge of ofsted


If you were in charge of Ofsted for a week, what questions would you ask schools about their SEND provision?

This was a popular question so we have summarised the responses as many asked the same question.

  • How many children have you asked to stay at home today as our visit would have been “too much for them”?
  • How many children have you arranged to take on a surprise school trip today?
  • Let’s look at all your B, C, D, I coded pupils etc and check with the parents they think the same as you, eg that they are off ill, or are actually being educated elsewhere.


  • How many children with SEND have left your school since our last visit?
  • How many children with SEND have left your school since our last visit as the parents believed you were not meeting their needs?


  • How do you ensure true inclusion?
  • Do all children with SEND take part in activities outside the school – field trips, residentials, etc – without their parent having to attend?


  • Can I speak to any parent with a child with SEND in your school, could I randomly select one?
  • How much notice do you take of parents input?  
  • How do you involve the parents?
  • Do you have any restrictions on communications with the school for parents?


  • Can I observe your children with SEND for a while and see evidence of how they are supported?
  • Can I see their support plans before I observe them?


  • Can I meet your SENCO without management being present?
  • Is your SENCO actually qualified as a SENCO or is it someone else in the management team with the qualifications who oversees them?
  • Can I meet the Governor who has overall responsibility for SEND


  • How are you assessing a child’s SEN?
  • How are you evaluating if you are meeting their needs?


  • Do you actually have any SEND provision?


  • What is your biggest challenge in meeting the needs of and including children with SEND?
  • What would help you to meet the needs of and include children with SEND?


What questions would you ask that haven’t already been asked above?

Friday Questions

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Debs Aspland

Mum to three great kids, each with a different SEN. Transplanted from the NW to the SE. Co-founder and Director of Bringing Us Together

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