Ofsted inspector

Alternative titles for this job include Her Majesty's Inspector, HMI, regulatory inspector

Ofsted inspectors visit, inspect and report on the quality of places of education and learning, and children's services.

Average salary (a year)

£43,500 Starter


£71,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 variable

You could work

evenings away from home

How to become an Ofsted inspector

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly

Direct application

You can apply directly to become an inspector if you've got the relevant qualifications, skills and experience.

You'll need:

  • a degree in a subject like education, childcare or social work
  • at least 5 years' experience in a senior leadership role
  • a track record of improving standards and service provision
  • up-to-date knowledge of the demands of the job, including recent developments and statutory requirements

You'll also need qualified teacher status (QTS) to inspect schools.

More information

Further information

You can find out more on how to become an inspector from Ofsted.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work on your own
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • administration skills
  • you will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

For the role of Her Majesty's Inspector (HMI), you'll need the same qualifications and experience as a regulatory inspector.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • getting ready for inspections by reading briefings
  • talking to staff about previous development plans and progress made
  • finding out the views of other professionals, children and parents
  • observing and rating teaching or care provision against national standards
  • checking the welfare and development of the children
  • recording what you see and hear
  • giving information and evidence to team meetings
  • producing detailed written reports
  • giving feedback to the education or children’s service provider

Working environment

You could work at a school, from home or at a college.

Career path and progression

You’ll be recruited and trained by Ofsted.

With experience as an HMI, you could become a Senior HMI or Regional Director. Regulatory Inspectors may also progress to become Regulatory Inspection Managers or HMI.

From an Ofsted Inspector role, you may be able to become an HMI.

You could also use your knowledge and experience to move into a senior role within your own area of work.

Training opportunities

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  • Provider: Lancaster & Morecambe College
  • Start date: 01 August 2019
  • Location: Lancaster

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