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 >

Is there a ‘checklist’ of things teachers have to do to have their lesson graded as good/excellent?

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 >

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 >

Can governors attend the parents’ meeting?

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

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 >

Do inspectors expect to see literacy, numeracy and ICT taught in every lesson?

Inspectors do not have literacy, numeracy and ICT boxes to tick whenever they observe lessons during inspections. Read more >

How much evidence of pupils’ work will inspectors want to see?

Inspectors will want to scrutinize a sample of pupils’ work. In most cases, they will ask to see a sample of work from pupils in specific year groups or subjects. Read more >

Does Estyn expect schools to undertake ‘mock inspections’ in order to prepare for inspection?

No. We actively discourage schools from undertaking ‘mock inspections’. The focus of schools every day should be on the delivery of education of high quality for the benefit of the pupils. Read more >