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Challenging Ofsted inspections

Ofsted inspections are a familiar process for most school leaders but sometimes they do not go as expected. Under the current school system, the implications of a particular judgement or an unfair inspection process can be significant.

Our education lawyers have advised schools and academies across England on appealing the outcome of Ofsted inspections. Our understanding of the Ofsted framework, coupled with our expertise in public law, means we are able to work with you to identify viable grounds for challenge at the correct stage and offer focused, strategic advice. Whether reviewing the draft inspection report, preparing a formal complaint under Ofsted’s complaints procedure or issuing legal proceedings against Ofsted, we can guide you through the process. We are committed to providing practical and objective legal support during what can be a particularly testing time for school staff and governors.

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Challenging Ofsted inspections - A practical guide | Education law (brownejacobson.com)

Summary evaluations of multi-academy trusts | Browne Jacobson LLP

Second prosecution of its kind following Ofsted investigation for running an illegal school (brownejacobson.com)

Successful challenge to Secretary of State | Education law (brownejacobson.com)