This briefing sets out the types of activities that inspectors will undertake when they conduct unannounced inspections with a focus on behaviour under no formal designation procedures. It should be read alongside the guidance on Monitoring inspections of schools with no formal designation, with a focus on safeguarding and/or leadership and management.

These inspections are carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.

You can find the briefing here.

There are many misconceptions about why, and how, inspectors observe and gather evidence about teaching, and how that contributes to the overall judgement on the quality of teaching in a school.

In this document Ofsted's national director for schools Michael Cladingbowl provides further clarity on Ofsted's approach to lesson observation and evaluation of teaching in schools. You can find further information here.