Different Types of Inspection

This section outlines the different types of ISI inspection. More information on all types of inspection can be found in the ISI Inspection Framework. Schools can also access inspection information from the schools login area.

The current types of inspection are educational quality inspections (which include a focused compliance inspection) and regulatory compliance inspections.  

Educational quality inspections report on the two main outcomes for pupils: achievement and personal development.  Reporting is with reference to contributory factors such as the curriculum, teaching and pastoral care.  

Regulatory compliance inspections report on a school’s compliance with the Independent School Standards Regulations, and where applicable the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  

Previous inspection types included integrated inspections, standard inspections and interim inspections.  Each of these types of inspection reported against a different framework but covered provision and outcomes for pupils and regulatory compliance in a combined report.  Intermediate inspections of boarding and EYFS focused on the requirements for boarders and younger children.  

Questionnaires and feedback

Parents and pupils are invited to complete confidential questionnaires ahead of an inspection. The responses highlight areas for particular attention during the inspection.

Confidential communications and disclosures for all inspections

Staff may arrange confidential discussions with inspectors for any inspection by contacting the ISI office before the inspection. Before or during the inspection, parents and pupils may request confidential discussions with the inspectors by contacting concerns@isi.net or calling 020 7600 0100.

You may send any information you wish inspectors to be aware of by email to concerns@isi.net or write to us at ISI, Ground Floor, CAP House, 9-12 Long Lane, London EC1A 9HA or call 020 7600 0100. For more information, please see Concerns about a School.

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