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.
School Regulation and Inspection - update March 2017
Apprenticeship levy, sex and relationships education, wealth screening, common standard reporting for charities, general data protection regulations, careers guidance for schools, teacher recruitment and retention, teacher workload and NCS.Read More
School Regulation and Inspection - update February 2017
New fundraising regulator, apprenticeship levy, charity law round up, Migratory Advisory Committee report, HMRC to go digital with its anti-money laundering activity, DfE guidance on buying, new governance handbook and competency framework and more.Read More
School Regulation and Inspection - update January 2017
Inquiry into education and promoting emotional well-being of pupils, Fundraising Regulator, Malpractice in A levels and GCSEs, Charities and breach of information law, Commission on religious education (CoRE), Apprenticeship levy consultationRead More
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 dataRead More
School Regulation and Inspection - update November 2016
Schools that work for everyone consultation, Children missing education, Tax free childcare, Inspection.Read More
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.Download
Childcare and Schools fact sheets
Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act: Childcare and Schools fact sheets from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.Download
Proposed New Independent School Standards
Government consultation response from the Department for Education.Download