Frequently asked questions

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 introduce pre-inspection questionnaires for staff and governors from September 2017? 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 >

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

Inspectors will consider attendance mainly in the new Inspection Area 2 (Wellbeing and attitudes to learning). Read more >

Is there any change in Estyn’s position regarding inspecting school sixth forms?

Inspections from September 2017 will consider the quality of provision in the sixth form. There is more guidance on this in the secondary school inspection guidance handbook on our website. Read more >