What is Ofsted?
The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) regulates and inspects to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages. It regulates and inspects childcare and children's social care, and inspects the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (Cafcass), schools, colleges, initial teacher training, work-based learning and skills training, adult and community learning, and education and training in prisons and other secure establishments. It rates council children's services, and inspects services for looked after children, safeguarding and child protection.
What is HMI?
Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) will monitor and support schools that were judged to require improvement at their most recent section 5 inspection. Ofsted is committed to monitoring and supporting these schools until they are judged to be good or outstanding. Schools judged to require improvement will receive an initial monitoring inspection visit, usually within four to six weeks of the publication of the inspection report. This monitoring inspection will be carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005 by an HMI. HMI will not normally be accompanied by another inspector on the inspection. Following the initial monitoring inspection, HMI will recommend whether or not further monitoring and other activity should occur to encourage the school’s improvement so that the school is judged good or outstanding at its next section 5 inspection. Where an HMI considers that a school is ready for inspection, they may recommend that the next section 5 inspection be brought forward. Further general guidance and briefing papers on school inspections and other materials are available on Ofsted’s website.