Education and childcare inspectors have varying duties, including inspecting independent schools, sixth-form and further education colleges, youth support services, teacher training and local education authorities, monitoring schools in Special Measures and advising on various aspects of education, including curriculum subjects. They also inspect child minders, day care nurseries, creches, out-of-school clubs and sessional care providers, and investigate complaints about childcare providers.
Regular school inspections generally take three to five days to complete;
childcare inspections generally one day or less. Inspectors work from
home and carry out inspections within the region in which they live.
Opportunities to work as an inspector vary in the different countries
of the United Kingdom. In England Ofsted employs approximately 250 HMIs.
There is no guarantee of work for enrolled or registered inspectors.
There are currently about 5,800 Ofsted registered and team inspectors.