Guidance for Schools

What does ISI do?

ISI inspects schools in membership of the Associations of the Independent Schools Council. ISI inspection is for the benefit of pupils and seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of their education and of the care for their welfare. Inspection findings are presented in reliable and objective reports. For reports on the most recent inspections of schools, search Find a Report.

Educational provision
Inspection of educational provision covers compliance with the Independent School Standards Regulations and evaluates the two main outcomes for pupils: achievement and personal development.

Boarding welfare
As well as the education regulations, boarding schools must also meet a set of standards covering the welfare of boarding pupils: the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools. Since January 2012, ISI has been responsible for inspecting boarding welfare in schools.

Early Years Foundation Stage
ISI inspects provision for children from birth up to the age of five, known as the Early Years Foundation Stage. Inspection evaluates the extent to which the setting fulfils the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework, published by the Department for Education, and follows the requirements of the Childcare Act 2006 as subsequently amended.

For more information see Different Types of Inspection.