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Discussion in 'Ofsted inspections' started by Northernsole, Mar 31, 2017.
Can Ofsted order a fire drill to be carried out when visiting a school?
Suspect that they could, but why would they want to? Unless they wereaware of an issue in the past?
Commonsense reply here, not official.
I wouldn't think they'd bother: there are better ways to spend their time, surely? If there were a concern, they might well want to look at the logs of past drills, the checks done on alarm systems, and of course any lessons learned from the drills. But if there were a concern, wouldn't the Fire Brigade's relevant officers be better placed to judge and to advise?
Now, if you've planned a drill, and Ofsted show up, you might sensibly postpone it so that Ofsted can see the school in action rather than standing outside in the rain?
Ofsted can't 'order' you to do anything during an inspection. They might ask what evidence you have of up-to-date H&S policies/procedures and risk assessments though.
Just make sure that you have regular, well-documented fire drills - include comments that inform future actions . Have them at different times of day, particularly when dining staff are on site. Ofsted might look at your records.