Who we are and what we do
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We report directly to Parliament and we are independent and impartial. We inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
Every week, we carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England, and publish the results on our website. To find an inspection report, go to the Find an inspection report page.
The aim of all this work is to promote improvement and value for money in the services we inspect and regulate, so that children and young people, parents and carers, adult learners and employers benefit.
- Who we are and what we do. This explains what we do and how we aim to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and learners
- Raising standards, improving lives. A booklet about our work to improve outcomes for children and learners
- Raising standards, improving lives: key contacts for local authorities. Information on our services, and useful contacts within Ofsted
- The way Ofsted spends the resources we are allocated by Parliament are set out in our Annual Report and Accounts. The latest available are the Ofsted Annual Report and Accounts 2010-11.
- As part of the Government's drive to make public spending more transparent, Ofsted publishes details of its spending of over £25,000 on a monthly basis.