Please find attached the revised Ofsted Section 5 and Section 8 handbooks.
The most significant change, and which is now being implemented, is that there are now four possible outcomes to a section 8 short inspection, whereas before there were only two.
Outcome 1 – the school continues to be a good school
Outcome 2 – the school remains good and there is sufficient evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school may be judged outstanding if it received a section 5 inspection now. The school will be informed that its next inspection will be a section 5 inspection, which will typically take place within one to two years
Outcome 3 – the lead inspector is not satisfied that the school would receive at least its current grade if a section 5 inspection were carried out now. The school will be informed that its next inspection will be a section 5 inspection, which will typically take place within one to two years
Outcome 4 – the lead inspector has gathered evidence that suggests the school may be inadequate in one or more of the graded judgements under section 5 inspections; there are serious concerns about safeguarding, pupils’ behaviour or the quality of education; there are concerns that the performance of an outstanding non-exempt school could be declining to ‘requires improvement’.  The short inspection will be converted to a section 5 inspection, usually within 48 hours.
You can see these changes in the form of a diagram on page 15 of the Section 8 handbook.
Other changes that we would like to draw your attention to are as follows:
Section 5 handbook
References to performance management deleted – Paras 39, 71, 148, 155
Changes to RI monitoring inspections – Para 97, 100
Section 8 handbook
Changes to RI monitoring arrangements Para 92.93, Para 99
If you feel that you would benefit that your school would benefit from a bespoke Ofsted update and / or guidance on how to engage effectively in the inspection process, please do not hesitated to contact us.
 Non-exempt schools are maintained nursery schools, pupil referral units and special schools.