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Terms we use in the inspection process

The following table explains the words inspectors use when making judgements.

excellentmeansoutstanding, sector-leading
very goodmeansmajor strengths
goodmeansimportant strengths with some areas for improvement
satisfactorymeansstrengths just outweigh weaknesses
weakmeansimportant weaknesses
unsatisfactorymeansmajor weaknesses

The following words are used to describe numbers and proportions:

almost allmeansover 90%
mostmeans75% to 90%
majoritymeans50% to 74%
less than halfmeans15% to 49%
fewmeansup to 15%

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