ISI uses a group of specially selected trainers and consultants. This includes those with significant inspection experience for ISI, Ofsted and other similar agencies, as well as individuals with deep subject specialist knowledge gained within education and beyond.
Types of ISI Inspector training
Each category of inspector has a different training programme. A broad outline of the training for each type is given below. For more detail about how to apply for training, please see Become an ISI Inspector.
Reporting Inspector Training
Reporting Inspectors are professional inspectors responsible for leading school inspections. Training consists of a three-day course during which trainees are assessed for a range of capabilities and skills, and their knowledge of the regulatory standards. After successful completion of this initial phase, trainees shadow an experienced Reporting Inspector. Trainees attend further training on safeguarding and the annual Reporting Inspector Conference. They are assessed for suitability at each stage in the process before being assigned to their first inspection, where they are supported by an experienced monitor.
Team Inspector Training
Team Inspectors work with others as part of the inspection team, led by the Reporting Inspector. Training consists of assessed preparatory tasks and a three-day course where trainees are assessed for suitability.
Boarding Team Inspector Training
Boarding Team Inspectors work with others as part of the inspection team, and undertake inspections of boarding settings under the guidance of the Reporting Inspector. Training consists of assessed preparatory tasks and a three-day course where trainees are assessed for suitability.
Overseas Team Inspector Training
International Team Inspectors work with others as part of the inspection team, led by the Reporting Inspector, and are deployed in international settings. Training is based on the ISI Overseas Inspection Framework and consists of pre-course reading and a two-day course where trainees are assessed for suitability.
More detail on the requirements and training for each type of inspector is included on the individual inspector training pages – please see the menu links on the left or click on the relevant titles above.