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Our Vision

We inspect and regulate:

to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.

The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills came into being on 1 April 2007. The new organisation brings together the wide experience of four inspectorates in order to make a greater difference for every child, and for all young people and adult learners. With parents and employers, these are the key users of the services we inspect and regulate. We shall listen to what they tell us. Their educational, economic and social well-being will promote the success of England as a country.

We shall communicate our findings from regulatory visits and inspection to those who have an interest in our work, including providers of care, education and training; administrators and policy-makers. In doing so, we aim to improve current provision and outcomes, to raise aspirations and to contribute to a longer term vision for achieving ambitious standards.

We report impartially, without fear or favour, demonstrating integrity in all we do. But we work closely with partners and stakeholders, including government departments and other agencies, to make sure that our inspection and regulation are used to realise our vision.

To contribute to improving services and their outcomes for users we will report with impartiality and integrity. We will communicate our findings with, and listen to, all who have an interest in improving them, from service providers to policy-makers. We want to raise aspirations and contribute to a longer term vision for achieving ambitious standards.