News

Future of Inspections

July 22 2014

Further to our previous messages about the future of school inspections, we can confirm that ISI has been in extensive discussions with the Department for Education (DfE) about the future of inspections for independent schools. Discussions have been robust, centring on the best way to deliver the shared aim of thorough and transparent inspection, especially of all aspects of compliance - at a time of greatly heightened awareness of safeguarding in schools by the general public. Read more

Future of Inspections

July 9 2014

ISI would like to address speculation around the recent government consultation on reforms regarding regulation and inspection of the independent schools sector. Read more

Discussions at Brighton Education Conference

May 12 2014

The Independent Schools Inspectorate welcomes the Secretary of State's comments regarding the importance of having the best possible system to ensure excellence in independent schools. Since 2000, ISI has been the body approved by the Secretary of State for the inspection of schools in membership of independent schools associations. This has covered 80% of the children in private schools in England. Our work is monitored on behalf of the Department for Education by Ofsted and a public report is made annually to the Secretary of State. Ofsted has repeatedly awarded ISI the highest judgement available for inspectorates and has in particular commended our inspection of regulatory compliance. Read more

Keeping Children Safe in Education

April 4 2014

Keeping Children Safe in Education (the long promised guidance on safeguarding) was published yesterday. Read more

Inspections and the Pursuit of Excellence

February 28 2014

The inspection year began with the annual two day reporting inspectors' conference, part of the extensive programme of required training for those who lead ISI inspections in schools. Excellence was the theme of the Conference, focussing on both how to recognise excellence in all its forms in the schools we inspect and also to identify what excellence looks like in inspector practice and inspection quality as a whole. Read more
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