Frequently asked questions

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 do we use pre-inspection questionnaires?

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

How can leaders, staff and parents use our reports to 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 >

What is the place of attendance in the Common Inspection Framework?

Inspectors will consider attendance mainly in Inspection Area 2 - Wellbeing and attitudes to learning. Read more >

How should schools approach self-evaluation?

Inspectors will b use the school’s current self-evaluation as a starting point for their work. Read more >

How does Estyn choose which schools to inspect?

Every year, we choose a broadly representative sample of schools to inspect. Read more >

How are judgements for all-age school inspections made where there are inconsistencies in the performance of the primary and secondary phases?

The overarching principle is that inspectors will consider the balance of strengths and areas for improvement across all key stages. Read more >

What questionnaires will pupils and parents get in the event of an all-age school inspection?

Pupils in the Foundation Phase do not receive a questionnaire. These pupils give their views when they meet inspectors during the inspection week. Read more >