How many inspections are there in a year?

We carry out over 400 inspections each year, including around 200 primary and nursery schools and 30 secondary schools. Read more >

Who inspects?

Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) lead inspections in most of the sectors that we inspect. However, about half the inspections of primary schools are led by Registered Inspectors. Read more >

How long does a core inspection last?

On average, our inspection teams will spend between one and five days at the school or provider they are inspecting. Read more >

How long after a core inspection is the report published?

All school and non-maintained nursery inspection reports are published 45 working days from the first day of inspection. Read more >

Will all teachers be observed?

This will depend on the nature and size of the provider being inspected. In a small primary school, it is likely that all teachers will be observed. Read more >

Do teachers have to provide a written lesson plan?

Teachers are not required to produce a lesson plan to give to the inspector visiting the lesson. Read more >

Can teachers attend the parents’ meeting?

Any member of staff, who is also a parent of a child at the school, is welcome to attend the parents’ meeting. Read more >

Will the inspection team include Welsh-speaking inspectors to judge learners’ communication skills in Welsh?

Yes, there will be at least one inspector on each team who has sufficient skills in Welsh to judge the quality of pupils’ Welsh skills at the level appropriate for the ages of the pupils/learners. Read more >

I am a teacher in a school. It is the middle of an inspection and I have some concerns. What can I do?

In the first instance, talk to your nominee as they provide the best link to the inspection team. The nominee will discuss the matter with the reporting inspector. Read more >

Our school has a resource base. Will it be included in the inspection of the mainstream part of the school?

Each of our maintained school guidance handbooks contains an annex on the inspection of additional teaching resource based in mainstream schools. Read more >