Boarding Team Inspector Training

The Role

To maximise the flexibility of the inspector body, new applicants for Boarding Team Inspector training are trained for deployment on both compliance and educational quality inspections. This will enable them to contribute to the inspection of regulatory compliance related to boarding in Regulatory Compliance Inspections (RCIs) and Focused Compliance Inspections (FCIs) and also to undertake inspection of the quality of boarding provision and outcomes for pupils in Educational Quality Inspections (EQIs). The latter focus on the key areas of achievement (in its widest sense) and personal development and include evaluation of the impact of boarding on both areas. Those suitably qualified to do so will engage in lesson observation and related educational inspection activities but this is not an essential qualification. After the training, applicants will have acquired a wide range of inspection skills, and will also be familiar with the full range of inspection activities relevant to boarding under the new Framework which will be useful for their own schools’ preparation for inspection.

Boarding Team Inspectors undertake inspections of boarding settings, under the guidance of the Reporting Inspector.


  • Clear understanding of, and commitment to, safeguarding children and young people
  • Currently working in an Association school inspected by ISI
  • Recent experience of working at head, deputy or senior management level in a boarding school, or of whole school responsibility, or of leadership of a key transitional phase or of running a boarding house
  • Intend to continue working in an Association school for at least another four years
  • Have qualified teacher status (desirable)
  • Have experience of working in two or more schools in the last ten years (desirable)
  • Have experience as a governor of an independent school (desirable)
  • A recognised qualification relevant to working with children in a boarding setting
  • A good knowledge of the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools and of the independent schools standards regulations.
  • Suitable training and strong knowledge of child protection and safeguarding of children
  • Ability to analyse, gather, record and use evidence to make sound judgements
  • Be able to demonstrate clear organisational skills and understanding of the importance of time management
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate sensitively and clearly on compliance matters
  • Competent user of standard software applications including Microsoft Office
  • Availability and willingness to undertake travel to locations across the UK


For further details please refer to the Team Inspector Recruitment and Deployment Procedure.

Due to the nature of ISI’s work successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service check (at the candidate’s expense).  Other recruitment checks, including references, will also be completed in advance of training and deployment.

After successfully meeting the training requirements, trainees will be assigned to an inspection team as a full team member with probationary status. Boarding Team Inspectors are expected to undertake at least two inspections per year and will be required to complete regular update training, and they are also expected to keep abreast of developments and information released by ISI.

Fees for the training will be covered by ISI and trainees are expected to meet the costs for any accommodation and travel required. An honorarium is paid for each inspection, plus expenses.