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Ofsted inspections and interventions

We’ve supported many academy trusts and schools in their challenge of Ofsted inspection processes and reports. We provide strategic advice to schools on dealing with an unsatisfactory Ofsted report - from assisting with providing comments on the draft report and drafting Steps 2 and 3 complaints under Ofsted’s complaints procedure, to liaising with Ofsted’s legal team and advising on litigation and injunctions to prevent publication of a contested report.

Our combination of sector knowledge and public law expertise means we’re well placed to both advise schools on crafting the strongest case possible and offer pragmatic guidance following a difficult inspection.

As a result of our experience in this area, we’ve been able to secure reinspections, grade changes, delays to publication, and amendments to the narrative of reports on behalf of academies and schools.

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.

Ebor Academy Trust
"The service you get from Browne Jacobson far surpasses anything in the marketplace and I recommend them highly. All of the team actively go over and above to ensure you are empowered and supported when you need their input."
Service Forced academisation and school intervention

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Supporting complaints to Ofsted

We supported an academy with a complaint to Ofsted following a section 5 inspection, preparing a letter of complaint focusing on the discrepancy between the feedback and provisional gradings provided by the lead inspector and the contents of the final report following moderation, with no clear reason provided for these changes. Ofsted agreed to reinstate their original judgement and adjusted the gradings for both Teaching and Learning and Leadership and Management, leaving the academy satisfied of a fair outcome.

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