Our work

Estyn is the office of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales. It is a Crown body, established under the Education Act 1992. Estyn is independent of the National Assembly for Wales but receives its funding from the Welsh Government under Section 104 of the Government of Wales Act 1998.

Estyn inspects quality and standards in education and training providers in Wales.

Who we inspect:

  • nursery schools and settings that are maintained by, or receive funding from, local authorities;
  • primary schools;
  • secondary schools;
  • special schools;
  • pupil referral units;
  • independent schools;
  • further education;
  • independent specialist colleges;
  • adult community learning;
  • local authority education services for children and young people;
  • teacher education and training;
  • Welsh for adults;
  • work-based learning; and
  • learning in the justice sector.

Advice and guidance

We also provide advice and guidance to the Welsh Government on quality and standards in education and training in Wales. We publish this advice in our thematic reports which are commissioned by the Minister for Education and Skills.

To read the Welsh Government’s response to each report visit www.wales.gov.uk.

Best practice

Finally, we promote the spread of best practice in education and training.


We are funded by the National Assembly for Wales under Section 104 of the Government of Wales Act 1998.

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