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Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. It is independent and impartial, and reports directly to Parliament.

It is responsible for the inspection and regulation of services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. These services include maintained schools and academies, some independent schools, early years and childcare, children’s centres, family centres, adoption and fostering services and agencies, children’s services in local authorities and further education colleges and 14 to 19 provision.

When making a decision about a particular service for your child/ren you may wish to look at the inspection reports of schools in your local area.