Estyn is led by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales and inspects quality and standards.

It is a Crown body, established under the Education Act 1992. Estyn is independent of the National Assembly for Wales but receives its funding from the Welsh Government under Section 104 of the Government of Wales Act 1998.

Who we inspect:

  • nursery schools and settings that are maintained by, or receive funding from, local authorities;
  • primary schools;
  • secondary schools;
  • special schools;
  • pupil referral units;
  • independent schools;
  • further education;
  • independent specialist colleges;
  • adult community learning;
  • local authority education services for children and young people;
  • teacher education and training;
  • Welsh for adults;
  • work-based learning; and
  • learning in the justice sector.

Advice and guidance

We also provide advice and guidance to the Welsh Government on quality and standards in education and training in Wales. This advice is published in our thematic reports which are commissioned by the Minister for Education and Skills.

To read the Welsh Government’s response to each report visit Estyn remit reports.

Best practice

We promote the spread of best practice in education and training through our case studies.