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School inspections undertaken by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) have two principal objectives: to nurture and encourage school improvement and to report on whether independent schools comply with the regulatory requirements of government. Its overriding aim is to help ensure that every child receives education and care of the highest quality in the schools it inspects.
ISI is the body approved by the Secretary of State to inspect schools in England in membership of Associations within the Independent Schools Council (ISC). Inspections are conducted in accordance with the Education and Skills Act 2008, the Childcare Act 2006 and the Children Act 1989. The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) monitors ISI’s work on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE).
Schools are inspected regularly on a schedule agreed with the DfE. Inspection reports are published to parents and made available, with other related material, on the ISI website: www.isi.net.
What gives ISI inspections their unique quality is the element of ‘peer review’. Inspections are led by professional Reporting Inspectors, mainly either former HMI or Ofsted Inspectors or former head teachers who have trained and qualified for the role. The inspection team is composed of serving head teachers or other senior staff from ISC schools, who are also trained by ISI. This peer review combines professional rigour, an understanding of the reality of modern independent schools and an up-to-date grasp of current educational developments.
ISI also inspects private Further Education and English Language providers. Inspection under this voluntary scheme for colleges satisfies the inspection requirements necessary to apply for or renew a Tier 4 licence to sponsor international students under the UKVI Points Based System. ISI also inspects schools in more than 30 countries worldwide, using a framework appropriate to the schools’ international setting, and is approved to inspect schools under the UK government scheme for British Schools Overseas (BSO).
Through its subsidiary company ISI Consultancy Ltd, ISI offers a range of seminars, INSET and consultancy services to schools, other organisations and governments in the UK and overseas on matters related to inspection and school improvement.
Independent Schools Inspectorate
CAP House, 9–12 Long Lane, London EC1A 9HA
Tel: 020 7600 0100 • Fax: 020 7776 8849 • email: