About us

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We regulate and inspect to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.

We want to raise aspirations and contribute to the long term achievement of ambitious standards and better life chances for service users. Their educational, economic and social well-being will in turn promote England's national success.

To achieve this we will report fairly and truthfully; we will listen to service users and providers; and we will communicate our findings with all who share our vision, from service providers to policy-makers. We do not report to government ministers but directly to Parliament. This independence means you can rely on us for impartial information.

The Education and Inspections Act, which established the new Ofsted, specifically requires that in everything we do we should:

  • promote service improvement
  • ensure services focus on the interests of their users
  • see that services are efficient, effective and promote value for money.

We carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits each week, publishing our findings within the Inspection reports area of this website. Our themed and subject specific findings and recommendations on wider issues within the care, learning, and skills agenda, as well as statistical information, can be found in the Publications and research area.

And you can find more detailed explanations of which services we inspect and regulate, and how, and the latest guidance documents in the Forms and guidance area.

Who we are and what we do

To find out more about what we do and how our work is helping to improve outcomes for children and learners, please see the Ofsted: who we are and what we do leaflet and the two Raising standards, improving lives booklets available via links on the right.

Who we are and what we do

Ofsted: who we are and what we do is a leaflet explaining what we do and how we aim to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and adult learners.

Raising standards, improving lives

Raising standards, improving lives is a booklet outlining how our work is helping to improve outcomes for children and learners.

Raising standards, improving lives: key contacts for local authorities includes information about some of our key services and contacts.

Easy read publications

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We have three publications available in easy read format.

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