Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
Who they are
They have around 1,700 employees across 8 regions:
- East Midlands
- East of England
- North East, Yorkshire and Humber
- North West
- South East
- South West
- West Midlands
They also directly contract with more than 1,500 Ofsted Inspectors to carry out inspections of schools and further education and skills provision.
Ofsted is a member of the National Preventive Mechanism, which monitors and reports on places of detention.
We’re responsible for:
- inspecting maintained schools and academies, some independent schools, and many other educational institutions and programmes outside of higher education
- inspecting childcare, adoption and fostering agencies and initial teacher training
- publishing reports of our findings so they can be used to improve the overall quality of education and training
- regulating a range of early years and children’s social care services, making sure they’re suitable for children and potentially vulnerable young people
- reporting to policymakers on the effectiveness of these services