The Independent Schools Inspectorate
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body responsible for the inspection of schools in membership of the Associations that make up the Independent Schools Council.
The current types of inspection are educational quality inspections (which include a focused compliance inspection) and regulatory compliance inspections.
- Educational quality inspections report (Integrated Inspection) 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.