What are the roles of governors and proprietors in the inspection process?

Governors and proprietors have an important role to play in the inspection process, not least because of their overarching responsibility for regulatory compliance.

ISI inspectors are familiar with the many and varied forms of governance that operate in independent schools: there is no preferred or expected model. What is expected is that those with governance responsibility can demonstrate how they support the outcomes for pupils which are the focus of inspection: achievement and personal development.

Inspectors can gather evidence from a variety of documentary sources, but an interview with the Chair of Governors or proprietor and/or other governors is an invaluable part of the process.

With shorter notice of inspections, we realise that it can be difficult for proprietors/governors to make themselves available, and inspectors will be as flexible as possible: conference calls or a remote interview are alternative ways of arranging this.

In addition, further guidance on all issues relating to governance responsibilities is available to members of the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS).

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