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1 Dec 2014

ISSRs, Ofsted and Inspections

Work continues on Project Foster, the cross-association initiative focussing on proposed changes to the inspection landscape for ISC Schools.

Following the consultation over the summer, the government has published changes to Part 2 of the ISSRs, for the most part covering 'British Values', and somewhat belatedly published the results of the consultation relating to these changes.

ISC is remains in contact with ministers and DfE officials to ensure that our concerns are heard and, most recently, ISC met with ministers Nash and Gibb to discuss Part 8: Leadership and Management. Further changes to the ISSRs are not expected until early next year.

The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee discussed this summer's consultation on the ISSRs and received oral evidence from Lord Nash and David Laws. Suffice it to say that the feedback from ISC, ISC Schools and ASCL contributed to the DfE being given a less than glowing report as to the conduct of the consultation.

Ofsted launched a consultation, 'Better Inspection for All', on proposals for a new framework for the inspection of maintained schools, academies, further education and skills providers, non-association independent schools and registered early years' settings. The proposals appear to move Ofsted further away from the current inspection regime offered by ISI: leadership and management will, for example, imply a far more active and operational role for governors than is currently expected in ISC Schools, where governors retain a very separate, distinct and well-defined role.

2 Dec 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update December 2016

Autumn Statement, Insurance, Inspections pilots, Inspections pilots, Consultations affecting charities, Charity law, Ministry of Defence Accredited Schools Database, Tax free childcare, General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), DfE census data

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4 Nov 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update November 2016

Schools that work for everyone consultation, Children missing education, Tax free childcare, Inspection.

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6 Oct 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update October 2016

Schools that work for everyone consultation, Inspection, Data Protection, Fundraising Regulator, Charity law update, Technical issues in charity law consultation, Salary sacrifice consultation.

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6 Sep 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

Children missing education - statutory guidance

The reporting duties for schools when children are missing education have changed.

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3 Sep 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

New Fundraising Regulator

There will be a new fundraising regulator, formed as a result of the Etherington review into fundraising.

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6 May 2015

Childcare and Schools fact sheets

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act: Childcare and Schools fact sheets from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

1 Dec 2014

Proposed New Independent School Standards

Government consultation response from the Department for Education.

20 Jan 2017

ISC’s response to “Schools that work for everyone”

ISC has responded to the consultation “Schools that work for everyone”. Our consultation response can be viewed.