Frequently asked questions

Will Estyn choose to inspect a school when it gets a new headteacher or when there has been a significant increase in the number of pupils on roll?

We select the schools using a broad range of criteria relating to size, location, language of instruction, urban and rural and so on. Read more >

Why is Estyn undertaking joint inspections of non-maintained nursery settings with CSSIW?

We are undertaking joint inspections with CSSIW in order to make the inspection of non-maintained nurseries more efficient and effective. Read more >

What is Estyn’s relationship to the Welsh Government?

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Estyn is the office of Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales. We are independent of, but funded by, the Welsh Government. Read more >

What is the difference between an HMI and a Registered Inspector or Registered Nursery Inspector?

An HM Inspector of Education and Training in Wales (HMI) is employed directly by Estyn. Read more >

Can I receive regular updates on Estyn’s inspection work?

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Yes, it is possible to register for updates on Estyn’s website. It is also possible to follow Estyn on twitter @EstynHMI. Read more >

How does Estyn inspect religious education in all schools?

In most schools, religious education should be part of the broad, balanced curriculum that Estyn inspects. Estyn does not report on all subjects individually. Read more >

Why have you decided to introduce pre-inspection questionnaires for staff and governors? And why are you not publishing the questionnaire outcomes at the end of the report?

We currently have pre-inspection questionnaires for pupils and parents. These guide lines of inquiry for the inspection team during the inspection. Read more >

If a summary paragraph is used rather than two overall judgements how can leaders, staff, parents easily identify good schools?

The summary paragraph will provide a short summary of the inspection findings. It will provide a clear, balanced indication of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. Read more >