Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We inspect services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. We also inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people. Ofsted aims to improve lives by raising standards in education and children’s social care. We inspect and regulate thousands of organisations and individuals providing education, training and care – from childminders to training providers, schools to local authorities – and we share what we find.

We report directly to Parliament, parents, carers and commissioners.

Our priorities

Our 2022-27 strategy sets out our strategic priorities:

  • Inspections that raise standards: our inspections help education and social care recover and improve.
  • Right-touch regulation: our regulation advances high-quality care, education and safeguarding for children.
  • Making the most of our insights: we share insights through our research and analysis. Our insights inform practitioners, policymakers and decision-makers and lead to improvements across the system.
  • The best start in life: we will develop the evidence base about early years education, including curriculum and pedagogy, and act on it.
  • Keeping children safe: we promote children’s safety and welfare in everything we do.
  • Keeping pace with sector changes: we keep pace as the education and social care sectors evolve. We will continually review our approach and advocate for additional powers where required.
  • Accessible and engaged: we are open and accessible to our different audiences, understanding their needs.
  • A skilled workforce: we make sure we have the tools, knowledge and expertise we need to continue to be a force for improvement.

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