The ISI Board Code of Conduct

The Board, acting individually and collectively, must observe the Code of Conduct for ISI Board directors. In particular, they must strive at all times to act in accordance with ISI’s values, namely putting children first, integrity, diversity and transparency. In addition, although not a public sector organisation, ISI strives to live out public sector values as described in the Nolan principles of public life, recognising our responsibilities to the Department for Education as regulator.

All Board Directors must:

  • Observe the highest standards of integrity, objectivity and independence, such that confidence in ISI is sustained by both staff and stakeholders.
  • Uphold the values of ISI, including promoting an inclusive and diverse culture, where different perspectives and backgrounds are encouraged and valued.
  • Deal with people fairly, efficiently, promptly, effectively and sensitively, to the best of your ability, whether acting in an ambassadorial capacity or with ISI staff or inspectors.
  • Apply your skills, knowledge and experience to the work of ISI, ensuring that you work at all times in the best interests of the company.
  • Ensure that value for money remains a guiding principle in inspection services, and appropriate arrangements are in place to secure the effective stewardship of funding from schools, colleges and other bodies we provide services to.
  • Provide open and transparent reporting as far as practicable to stakeholders, including the DfE, Ofsted, schools and their associations and to parents, such that inspection is well understood and lessons can be learned to promote service improvement.
  • At all times act to promote the highest standards of corporate governance, including but not limited to compliance with the following policies: Conflict of Interest Policy; Expenses Policy, Anti-Corruption and Bribery Policy; Group Data Protection Policies; IT Acceptable Use Policy;
  • Respect the principle of collective decision-making and corporate responsibility. This means that, once the board has made a decision, you should support that decision.
  • Observe confidentiality as appropriate, and do not seek to make personal gain from knowledge obtained in the course of carrying out duties as a Director of ISI.
  • You must inform the Chair of any change in your circumstances which could result in you being disqualified from being a company director, or in any other way bringing the company into disrepute.