Inspection 

 

It is a condition of IAPS membership that all schools are regularly inspected by an approved inspectorate. In the UK, this is the ISI or the government inspectorate of Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Member schools overseas are also expected to arrange for regular inspection by an approved agency.

Inspection reports are made available to IAPS so that our team can keep track of members' progress. After your inspection report has been published, IAPS will contact you to ask for your response. 

Information for schools which, following an inspection, receive an Action Plan Notice from the Department for Education, can also be found in the files archive.

All documentation relating to inspection by ISI can be accessed through the inspectorate's website using your school's individual secure log-in information. If you require a reminder of this, please email data@isi.net.

Schools may also use their secure log-in to load all of the policies and documents required by ISI to prepare for inspection. Alternatively, schools may upload these onto a dedicated area of their own website and provide ISI with access details. A list of the policies required for inspection can be found in "Pre-Inspection Information Requirements" in the secure area of the ISI website.

Please note: Schools are reminded that they should put fixed dates into their online ISI diaries as soon as possible in the school year to avoid inspection visits clashing with major school events.

If you have a query about inspection, please contact Petra Hancock, Membership Secretary.

New ISI inspection framework

In 2016-17, ISI launched a new two part framework.  Schools can expect within a six year period two inspections: one looking purely at compliance (Regulatory Compliance Inspection) and the other at educational quality plus an element of compliance (Educational Quality with Focused Compliance).  Both types of inspections are now effective. 

Compliance

ISI's advice to schools is that there is sufficient information in the Regulatory Handbook about what a policy must include to enable schools to ensure that their policies are compliant. Although ISI is unable to check schools' policies individually, schools are reminded that they can contact ISI at any point with a specific regulatory query. Please email support@isi.net.  

ISI has also prepared an aide memoire for schools that they can use alongside the Handbook to check compliance. This can be found in the table of documents below.

Safeguarding guidance

"Keeping Children Safe in Education" was published in April 2014 and most recently revised for publication in September 2019. A copy of the guidance can be found in the table below. Schools need to make sure that safeguarding policies and procedures reflect the new guidance and further advice on compliance in this area can be found in the ISI Regulatory Handbook.  

Advice about inspection

We are delighted that Dianne Barratt is available to offer support to member schools. Dianne can advise members on compliance, SCR and safeguarding. Dianne can be contacted on 07957 109049 or barrattdianne@hotmail.com.

We have also secured the services of Linda Donowho as an additional adviser. Linda is available to respond to enquiries on the new framework, on regulatory matters, including early years and boarding and on inspection in overseas schools. Linda can be contacted on 07771 543894 (please text rather than leave a message) or lindadonowho@yahoo.co.uk.

Concerns about inspection

Schools are reminded that if they have any concerns arising from an inspection at their school, the best way and time to deal with these is to raise them with the Reporting Inspector during the inspection itself. The RI will then have the opportunity to contact ISI for clarification and guidance and to resolve the issue during the visit itself. If a school has concerns regarding the RI, they should contact ISI directly on 020 7600 0100 stating that their call relates to an on-inspection issue.

Inspection of ITE (Initial Teacher Education)

It is possible that Ofsted inspectors will visit schools in order to see former trainees (that is, NQTs). Visits will only be made to schools in ITE partnerships and as part of a wider gathering of evidence of ITE provision. A sample number of former trainees at ITE partnership schools will be visited following completion of ITE.

The purpose of the observations and discussions is to evaluate ITE provision (not the performance of the NQT, the quality of induction provision or any aspect of the school). ITE providers should agree with the school and individuals to be observed and should communicate this to inspectors. 

Top tips for heads - inspection

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If you are not logged in as a member, you will not be able to download the documents below. Non-members will not be able to access the documents.

Document Title Description
Advice note on handling disclosure information Guidance on the use, storage, retention and disposal of DBS disclosure information
DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education The latest version of statutory guidance from DfE on safeguarding and safer recruitment (dated September 2019).
Governors' Compliance Checklist - March 2018 A document to assist Governors to ensure their school is compliant with the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (ISSR) and Standards for British Schools Overseas (2017)
ISI Update to Schools January 2019 ISI's January 2019 Update to Schools (released in February) - includes a Gender Segregation update for co-educational schools; clarity of common regulatory issues around Barred List checks and Prohibition Checks; GDPR and inspections; Good practice around safeguarding training; Inspection of EYFS settings and more.
ISI Update to Schools Summer Term 2019 Contains information on; Inspectors' access to previous inspection evidence, accepting portable DBS certificates, regulatory update and more.
Prevent guidance from DfE June 2015 guidance for schools on compliance with the Prevent duty. The Prevent duty is the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 on specified authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Reasonable Adjustments Decision-Making Checklist A checklist from ISC to assist schools in looking at the right legal questions in the right order regarding making decisions about what is lawful and reasonable to levy charges when making adjustments for disabled pupils. Feedback and queries may be directed to legal@isc.co.uk