About us

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.

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.

We aim to be “a force for improvement through intelligent, responsible and focused inspection and regulation” (Ofsted 2017 to 2022 strategy).

Who we are

We have around 1,700 employees across our 8 regions:

  • East Midlands
  • East of England
  • North East, Yorkshire and Humber
  • North West
  • South East
  • South West
  • West Midlands
  • London

We also directly contract with more than 1,500 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).

Ofsted is a member of the National Preventive Mechanism, which monitors and reports on places of detention.

Our responsibilities

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

Our priorities

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.

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