Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education and Training in Wales
Non-ministerial government department overview
Formed 1907 (1907)
Jurisdiction Wales
Headquarters Anchor Court, Keen Road, Cardiff, CF24 5JW
Employees c.100 permanent staff
Non-ministerial government department executive
  • Meilyr Rowlands, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education of Education and Training (HMCI)

Estyn is the education and training inspectorate for Wales. Its name comes from the Welsh language verb estyn meaning "to reach (out), stretch or extend". Its function is to provide an independent inspection and advice service on quality and standards in education and training provided in Wales.

It is independent from, but funded by, the Welsh Government (section 104 of the Government of Wales Act 1998). Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales (HMCI) and his staff are Crown and civil servants.

Mr Meilyr Rowlands was appointed as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales (HMCI) on 1 June 2015.[1]

The strategic directors are Simon Brown HMI and Claire Morgan HMI (acting).

The purpose of Estyn is to inspect and report on the quality and standards of education and training provided in Wales, including:

Estyn's head office is in Cardiff. Estyn was awarded Investors in People Gold (IIP) accreditation in March 2011.

The equivalent body in Scotland is HMIE and in England it is Ofsted, although other than boarding facilities independent schools in England are usually inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Range of inspection

Estyn inspects the following:

Inspection reports are published on the Estyn website.


Strategic objectives

Estyn's strategic objectives are:

Estyn works in collaboration with the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW), Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) and Wales Audit Office (WAO) to implement the Welsh Government's policy statement on Inspection, Audit and Regulation. In partnership with Ofsted, Estyn has responsibility for inspecting learners in England who are funded by the Welsh Government and who attend independent special schools, work-based learning courses, and provision for young people in youth offending teams. Estyn inspects, through joint working with HMI Probation and HMI Prisons, the education of offenders in secure estate and prisons in Wales.

Estyn continues to strengthen its international profile through a range of links with other countries in Europe and further afield, including:

See also


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