Frequently asked questions

How many people work for Estyn?

There are over 100 staff, including Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI), secondees and corporate services staff. For more information, see Estyn’s management structure. Read more >

How much of the education budget goes to Estyn?

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Like all public sector bodies, Estyn has experienced budget cuts over recent years. For the financial year 2017-2018, Estyn received a resource budget of £11.3 million, which is just 0.76% of the Read more >

To whom is Estyn accountable?

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Estyn is independent of the National Assembly for Wales, but it receives our funding from the Welsh Government. Read more >

What legislation gives Estyn its powers to inspect?

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Estyn receives funding from the Welsh Government under Section 104 of the Government of Wales Act 1998. Legislation determines the appointment, functions and powers of Her Majesty’s Chief Read more >

Where can I find directions to Estyn’s office?

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Our head office is in Cardiff. You can find a map and directions here. Read more >

What does Estyn do?

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Estyn inspects quality and standards in education and training providers in Wales. Estyn is responsible for inspecting: • Nursery schools and settings that are maintained by, or receive funding Read more >

What does Estyn mean?

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Estyn is a Welsh word and means ‘to reach’, ‘to stretch’ or ‘to extend’. Read more >