Ofsted’s role is to make sure that organisations providing education, training and care services in England do so to a high standard for children and students.
Every week, we carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England and publish the results online.
We report directly to Parliament and we are independent and impartial.
Who we are
We have around 1,800 employees across our 8 regions:
- East Midlands
- East of England
- North East, Yorkshire and Humber
- North West
- South East
- South West
- West Midlands
We also directly contract with more than 2,300 Ofsted Inspectors to carry out inspections of schools and further education and skills provision. Our pen portraits contain biographical information about current Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMIs).
We’re responsible for:
- maintained schools and academies, some independent schools, and many other educational institutions and programmes outside of higher education
- childcare, adoption and fostering agencies and initial teacher training
- a range of early years and children’s social care services, making sure they’re suitable for children and potentially vulnerable young people
- publishing reports of our findings so they can be used to improve the overall quality of education and training
- informing policymakers about the effectiveness of these services
Ofsted is a member of the National Preventive Mechanism which monitors and reports on places of detention.
We will ensure that:
- all of our work is evidence-led
- our evaluation tools and frameworks are valid and reliable
- our frameworks are fair
- we aim to reduce inspection burdens and make our expectations and findings clear
- we target our time and resources where they can lead directly to improvement
You can find out more about our priorities in the Ofsted 2017 to 2022 strategy.