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National Audit Office (NAO) report: Ofsted’s inspection of schools

Background to the report

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) inspect and regulates services that care for children and young people and services that provide education and skills for learners of all ages. Ofsted seeks to be “a force for improvement through intelligent, responsible and focused inspection and regulation”. It publishes reports of its findings and reports to ministers on the effectiveness of services. In 2017-18, Ofsted spent £151 million.

This report focuses on Ofsted’s inspection of schools. Approximately 21,500 state‑funded schools in England are subject to inspection by Ofsted. They educate a total of some eight million pupils. Ofsted spent an estimated £44 million on inspecting state-funded schools in 2017-18. This is equivalent to 0.11% of the total funding for state‑funded schools in the same year.

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