School inspection in England is all about Ofsted. As an organisation it’s fair to say that it has had a bit of an image issue. Its popularity over the years hasn’t been that great and many schools and their staff would probably rather that it didn’t exist at all. But Ofsted has grown and developed, just like the many schools it has inspected over the years, and is here to stay. Knowing a little about its background, the way that it operates and the context in which it carries out its responsibilities can help greatly in your preparations and on-going readiness for inspection. Knowledge is power, and this is just the kind of background information that helps to nurture familiarity with what is essentially a potential development tool for you and your school.