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 >
We are undertaking joint inspections with CSSIW in order to make the inspection of non-maintained nurseries more efficient and effective. Read more >
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 >
An HM Inspector of Education and Training in Wales (HMI) is employed directly by Estyn. Read more >
Yes, it is possible to register for updates on Estyn’s website. It is also possible to follow Estyn on twitter @EstynHMI. Read more >
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 >
On pilot inspections, who should complete the staff questionnaire? Should the school forward it to all employees or just teaching staff? Should agency staff in the school complete it? What if a teacher is ill and absent from school?
On the pilot inspections, the staff questionnaire is for teachers and learning assistants who are directly employed by the school and who engage directly in teaching and learning. 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 >
No. There is a strong degree of read-across from the current to the new framework. 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 >