Common inspection framework

The common inspection framework is used for all inspections of education and training providers in Wales. There is one framework for all schools, independent specialist colleges, pupil referral units and work-based learning providers and another framework for all other sectors (non-maintained nurseries, further education, initial teacher education and training, local government education services and Welsh for adults).

Common inspection framework for schools

and work-based learning

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This framework applies to primary schools, secondary schools, all-age schools, maintained special schools, pupil referral units, independent schools, independent special schools, independent specialist colleges and work-based learning providers.

Inspection areas (IAs):

The judgements

 
Excellent 
Very strong, sustained performance and practice.
 
Good
Strong features, although minor aspects may require improvement.
 
Adequate and needs improvement
Strengths outweigh weaknesses, but important aspects require improvement.
 
Unsatisfactory and needs urgent improvement
Important weaknesses outweigh strengths.
 

Estyn is currently reviewing the inspection arrangements for initial teacher education and training, local government education services, further education, Welsh for adults and adult learning.

Further education and non-maintained nursery

settings continue to be inspected using the 2010

Common inspection framework

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The judgements

 
Excellent 
Many strengths, including significant examples of sector-leading practice.
 
Good
Many strengths and no important areas requiring significant improvement.
 
Adequate
Strengths outweigh areas for improvement.
 
Unsatisfactory
Important areas for improvement outweigh strengths.