FAQs

Do parents have an opportunity to contribute their views during an inspection?

Parents can help ensure that our inspections our based on first-hand evidence by completing a confidential pre-inspection questionnaire.

Responses are confidential to ISI inspectors and not shared with the school.

As soon as schools have been informed of their inspection they will send parents and pupils the link to the questionnaire and let them know the timeframe for completion. We know it can be difficult to find time for this at short notice, but these questionnaires are a valuable and important part of the process and we encourage all parents and pupils to participate.

The questionnaires can be used to make known to the inspectors any information parents think is important.

Parents may complete any or all of the questions. Inspectors will share with the school's leadership the statistical results of the survey: that is the percentages of parents responding positively or otherwise to each question. They will use the responses to help plan the inspection and to report on what they find.

Ahead of or during an inspection, parents can also contact the ISI office confidentially, either by email to concerns@isi.net or by telephone on 020 7600 0100, and any information provided in this way will be passed to the Reporting Inspector (RI). 

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