No, inspectors will not grade individual lessons. There will be an opportunity for professional dialogue with the inspector at the end of the lesson. Read more >
No, Estyn does not have a checklist for teaching or a preferred methodology. The focus of a lesson observation is the impact of teaching strategies on learner progress. Read more >
Neither the school nor a teacher can challenge judgments simply because they disagree with them. Read more >
What can a teacher or school do if they think an inspection judgement is unfair or if they have concerns about the conduct of an inspection?
If a teacher has a concern, then they should talk in the first instance to the school’s nominee as soon as possible about the issue as they provide the best link to the inspection team. Read more >
How are judgements for all-age school inspections made where there are inconsistencies in the performance of the primary and secondary phases?
The overarching principle is that inspectors will consider the balance of strengths and areas for improvement across all key stages. 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 >
Why has Estyn added ‘needs to improve’ to the Adequate judgement and ‘needs urgent improvement’ to the Unsatisfactory judgement?
We hope that this makes Estyn’s expectations clearer. We expect every school/provider to provide a good quality of education or training every day. Read more >
Do the new judgement definitions mean that Estyn believes that Excellent and Good schools do not need to improve?
No, all schools will receive recommendations at the end of their inspection to help them to improve. This is also true for schools that receive Good and Excellent judgements. Read more >
If a provider does not meet statutory requirements for a particular area, does it automatically mean that we will receive a judgement of unsatisfactory or adequate for the quality indicator or key question?
Inspection teams will consider failures to meet statutory requirements and will raise these with the school. Read more >