You can apply directly to become an inspector if you've got the relevant qualifications, skills and experience.
- a degree in a subject like education, childcare or social work
- at least 5 years' experience in a senior leadership role
- a track record of improving standards and service provision
- up-to-date knowledge of the demands of the job, including recent developments and statutory requirements
You'll also need Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to inspect schools.