Frequently asked questions

As a headteacher, I cannot access or see my own Virtual Inspection Room

Go to, select ‘virtual inspection room’ and sign in. All of the sites you have access to will appear on the left hand side of the screen. Read more >

I cannot sign into the Virtual Inspection Room using the username and password provided.

Try copying and pasting your username and password into the signing-in fields. If it still does not work, please call your inspection co-ordinator. Read more >

Can governors attend the parents’ meeting?

Any governors with children who attend the school are welcome to attend the parents’ meeting. Read more >

Will governors be interviewed during an inspection? Can that include teacher governors?

During an inspection, inspectors will meet with up to three representatives from the school’s governing body. Read more >

Can the briefing from the local authority include both a written report as well as an oral briefing during the inspection week?

No. The local authority’s assessment of the school’s performance (for example the most recent school categorisation report) should be in writing and known by the school. Read more >

Does Estyn have a legal right to scrutinise a provider’s staff appraisal and performance management systems?

The provider needs to demonstrate to the inspectors that its performance management systems are rigorous and are contributing effectively towards identifying training and development needs. Read more >

The school may collaborate with other schools/providers in the local authority to develop the expertise of staff. Will the inspection team need to contact any of these providers?

It is unlikely, as the inspection team will focus on the impact of this collaboration in the school inspected and this should be evidence in the evidence available in the school itself. Read more >

When should the documentation for our school be submitted to the reporting inspector?

We will inform providers 15 working days before an inspection that inspectors will visit the school. Read more >

As a school/provider, will we be able to see a pre-inspection commentary before the inspection starts?

No, the reporting inspector will consider the pre-inspection materials provided by the school/provider and will produce a few emerging questions for the inspection team. Read more >