Reporting Inspector Training


Reporting Inspectors are responsible for leading inspections within our schools remit.  Opportunities for development in our training and quality assurance sections may also be available for suitable candidates.  We are particularly keen to hear from applicants with experience of the inspection of performing arts, special educational needs and/or disabilities and English as an Additional Language (EAL).  This is an exciting time to join ISI as a new and distinctive inspection framework is now in place. 


Successful applicants are likely to have experience of at least one of the following:

  • A successful track record from at least 10 ISI inspections as a team inspector
  • Experience as Her Majesty's Inspector (HMI), an Ofsted Inspector, or in an equivalent role for Estyn, Education Scotland and similar bodies.


The following attributes are essential requirements:

  • Familiarity with the regulatory requirements in place for independent schools
  • Ability to analyse, gather, record and use evidence to make sound judgements
  • Understanding of the demands of senior leadership in schools
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to report inspection findings fairly and frankly
  • Ability to lead a team with varied experience and backgrounds
  • Good organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Report writing to framework requirements and specified quality standards
  • Competent user of standard software applications including Microsoft Office
  • Ability and willingness to commit to at least three full inspections each year
  • Availability and willingness to undertake travel to locations across the UK


In addition, RIs need to demonstrate flexibility, diplomacy and a sense of humour.

Recruitment checks

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

Ongoing training

Reporting Inspectors are expected to attend regular training in safeguarding and inspection updates, and a 3-day training conference each year.

Code of Conduct

Reporting inspectors must be fully aware and supportive of the ISI Code of Conduct, which requires that inspectors:

  • Carry out their work with professionalism, integrity and courtesy;
  • Evaluate the work of the school objectively and impartially;
  • Report fairly and without favour;
  • Base all evaluations on clear and secure evidence;
  • Communicate sensitively, clearly and objectively at all times;
  • Act in the best interests of the pupils at the school;
  • Respect the confidentiality of information received and judgements made before, during and after the inspection;
  • Declare all actual and perceived conflicts of interest;
  • At all times adhere to the requirements outlined in the Inspection Handbooks and associated guidance, including this Code of Conduct;
  • Pay close regard to and prioritise legal requirements for safeguarding the welfare of children;
  • Only use their title in relation to work conducted for ISI.