Why reports are useful

We know that you want the best for your child and that when it comes to choosing childcare or a school it is important to have as much information as possible. That's where we come in. Ofsted inspection reports present a comprehensive and impartial picture and are published on our website. We inspect all state funded and some independent schools, as well as colleges and teacher training, childminders and day care. We are also the lead inspectorate for reviews of key services for children and young people in each local authority area.

Inspection is a process of gathering evidence and coming to judgements in order to provide a written assessment of how well a school, for example, is performing. It is a legal requirement for all registered childcare providers, schools and colleges to be inspected.