Ofsted probably has fewer requirements than you think

'Ofsted expects...' is one of the more common phrases you'll hear in English schools. Many of the actions teachers and school leaders take are justified with the idea that certain things need to be done in case of inspection. 

But it's not always true. 

In its 26-year history, many myths have grown around the school inspectorate. Some reflect outdated requirements, others have never been expected. Many have been passed on by well-meaning colleagues who genuinely believed the expectations were true. 

We've reviewed Ofsted's myth-busting documentation and their inspection handbook to find some of the most common Ofsted myths. Find out how well you understand the inspectorate's requirements by taking our 'myth or reality' quiz. 

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