How Ofsted inspects alternative provision
Learn how Ofsted inspects pupil referral units (PRUs) and alternative provision (AP) academies. Also find information covering inspection of off-site units and residential provision.
This article refers to the inspection by Ofsted of pupil referral units (PRUs) and alternative provision (AP) academies.
If you're in a mainstream school and want to find out how you will be inspected for your AP choices, read our article on alternative provision: how to choose and work with providers.
AP settings are inspected like other schools
AP settings are inspected by Ofsted under the School Inspection Handbook in the same way as school settings, and the grade descriptors set out throughout the handbook also apply.
Learn more about:
- Graded inspections (previously section 5 inspections)
- Ungraded (previously section 8) inspections for 'good' and 'outstanding' schools
As with all school settings, you might receive an urgent inspection if Ofsted:
- Has concerns about pupil or staff safety
- Believes there has been a serious breakdown in leadership and management, or a decline in standards
Usually carried out by 1 inspector