Estyn seeks views on proposals for changes to inspecting education and training in Wales

A month-long consultation, launched today by Estyn, seeks the views of teachers, senior leaders, policy makers and everyone with an interest in education on proposals for changes to the ways schools and other providers will be inspected from September 2017. 

Meilyr Rowlands, Chief Inspector, says:

“Inspections play an integral part in ensuring our education system is the best that it can be.  Last year we asked for your views on changes to the way we inspect education and training and got over 2,000 responses.  We listened to your feedback and developed proposals.  We now want your views on these detailed proposals.”

“This is another opportunity to influence changes to inspections in Wales.  I encourage everyone with an interest in education to take part in the consultation.”

The consultation questionnaire is available on the Estyn website at .

We also welcome feedback on the inspection process outside of the questionnaire, which can be emailed or posted to Estyn.  The consultation period runs until Wednesday 30 November  2016.

Notes to Editors:

  • The current inspection framework was introduced in September 2010 after consultation. This marked the start of a six-year cycle of inspections during which Estyn will inspect all providers. In 2014, new Welsh Government regulations introduced a more flexible approach to when providers are inspected and reduced the predictability of inspections. This regulatory change in effect reset the inspection cycle from 2010-2016 to 2014-2020. 
  • Any changes to the inspection process will affect most sectors of education that Estyn is responsible for inspecting, with the exception of non-maintained nursery, Welsh for Adults and local authority inspections which are being reviewed separately.
  • Use these hyperlinks to access Estyn’s Common Inspection Framework and inspection guidance
  • Respondents can write to Estyn at, Anchor Court, Keen Road, Cardiff, CF24 5JW or email

Publication date

Tuesday, 1 November, 2016