HC Deb 04 March 2002 vol 381 c41W
Chris Grayling

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people are employed by(a) Ofsted and (b) other schools monitoring and inspection organisations. [39010]

Mr. Timms

I am advised that Ofsted employs 2,651 staff, including 216 HM Inspectors of Schools. Of these, over 1,900 are engaged in the regulation of child care and many others are involved in inspections of colleges, local education authorities and initial teacher training providers. Ofsted also employs on a temporary basis around 800 additional inspectors who carry out occasional work in specific areas across the range of Ofsted's remit. In addition, 7,633 school inspectors are contracted to, or employed by, inspection contractors to undertake school inspections under section 10 of the School Inspections Act 1996. Other bodies, such as local education authorities, employ people who monitor and inspect schools, but details are not collected centrally.