ISI inspects more than 1,300 independent schools in England, which together educate over 544,000 children and young people each year.
We report to the Department for Education on the extent to which these schools meet The Independent School Standards.
Our reports and judgements make a clear statement about the school’s compliance with regulations and, if applicable, the necessary action it must take to meet requirements.
Depending on the type of inspection, recommendations may also be made to help schools identify and address any areas for improvement and build on good practice.
Schools undergo a scheduled inspection, on average, every three years and safeguarding is a focus of all inspections.
Specific information about the involvement of governors, parents, pupils and teachers in the inspection process can be found in our FAQ section.
To see if a school is inspected by ISI or Ofsted, please use the search function on the Department for Education's register of schools and colleges in England.
To raise a concern about a school please click here.
In this section:
The Independent School Standards
How we inspect
Inspector recruitment & training
Updates for schools
Private further education
British schools overseas
Governors and proprietors have an important role to play in the inspection process, not least because of their overarching responsibility for...
Each category of inspector has a different training programme. For more detail about how to apply for training, how to register your interest...
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