What we do
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
Every week, we carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England and publish the results online. We help providers that are not yet of good standard to improve, monitor their progress and share with them the best practice we find.
Our goal is to achieve excellence in education and skills for learners of all ages, and in the care of children and young people.
We report directly to Parliament and we are independent and impartial.
Who we are
We have about 1,270 employees between our London headquarters and our regional offices. There are also around 2,700 contracted inspectors available to us through our inspection service providers. From September 2015 we intend to contract directly with school and further education inspectors.
We’re responsible for:
- inspecting maintained schools and academies, some independent schools, and many other educational institutions and programmes outside of higher education
- inspecting childcare, adoption and fostering agencies and initial teacher training
- publishing reports of our findings so they can be used to improve the overall quality of education and training
- regulating a range of early years and children’s social care services, making sure they’re suitable for children and potentially vulnerable young people
- reporting to policymakers on the effectiveness of these services
In 2014 to 2015 we will:
- consult on new shorter but more regular inspections
- develop a common inspection framework for a more coherent and consistent approach across early years, schools and further education providers
- from September 2015 contract directly with inspectors for education and further education and skills, rather than through a third party supplier (helping us ensure that inspectors are effectively sourced, trained and deployed)
- continue to strengthen Ofsted’s regional structure and develop better local intelligence and stronger relationships with key regional partners
- further develop the integrated inspection model for children’s services, which puts the user at the centre of inspection