You'll be employed directly by Ofsted as an HMI - Her Majesty's Inspector, or regulatory inspector. You could also work as an Ofsted inspector (OI) on contract to Ofsted. OIs do not carry out the regulatory work or the full role of an HMI.
As an HMI, you'll take lead inspector and team inspector roles. You'll work in one or more of these areas:
- further education and skills
- children and families services
- early years and childcare
Ofsted also employs regulatory inspectors across early years and children’s social care services. They check that people, premises and services are suitable to care for children and vulnerable young people.
In all roles, you'll:
- get organised for inspections by reading briefings
- talk to staff about previous development plans and progress made
- find out the views of other professionals, children and parents
- observe and rate teaching or care provision against national standards
- check the welfare and development of the children
- record what you see and hear
- give information and evidence to team meetings
- produce detailed written reports to tight deadlines
- give feedback to the education or children's service provider