Ofsted inspect and regulate the care of children and young people, and education
and training for learners of all ages.
Ofsted joined with the Adult Learning Inspectorate for (ALI), and parts of the Commission
for Social Care Inspection for children and young people (CSCI), and the children
and families court advisory service (HMICA) to form a new organisation in 2007.
The new Ofsted – the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills
brings together the wide experience of four formerly separate inspectorates.
The Education and Inspections Act, which established the new Ofsted, requires that
promote service improvement
ensure services focus on the interests of their users
see that services are efficient, effective and promote value for money.
Ofsted carries out inspections and regulatory visits, and aims to
listen to service users and providers, and to report ‘fairly and truthfully’. Its
findings are published on its website. Themed and subject specific findings and recommendations
on wider learning, and skills issues, as well as statistical information, can also
be found on the site.
For more details of Ofsted inspections, and a link to the Ofsted Good Practice Database,