education and training inspectorate for Wales
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 her staff are Crown and civil servants.
Meilyr Rowlands was appointed as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales (HMCI) on 1 June 2015.The strategic directors are Simon Brown HMI and Claire Morgan HMI.
The purpose of Estyn is to inspect and report on the quality and standards of education and training provided in Wales, including:
how far education and training meet the needs of learners and contribute to their development and wellbeing;
standards achieved; and
the quality of leadership and training.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.
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