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30 Jun 2014

Potential changes to inspection regime

DfE launch summer consultation on changes to ISS regulations.

Potential changes to inspection regime

DfE recently consulted on proposed changes to the arrangements for approving inspectorates of independent schools in England. Michael Gove and Sir Michael Wilshaw have since made comments on the subject, speculating about harmonising the inspection regimes between state and independent schools with an increased role for Ofsted.

In response to challenge from all ISC member associations, DfE has now indicated that a full consultation would precede any substantial changes in ISI’s inspection framework. DfE launch summer consultation on changes to ISS regulations The consultation focusses on changes to the independent school standards that include:

  • the introduction of a new standard on the leadership and management
  • strengthening the quality of education standard
  • strengthening the standard on pupil welfare strengthening the spiritual, moral, social and cultural standard to require proprietors to actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs
  • technical amendments relating to the standard on suitability of staff and proprietors

Responses on the SMSC standard and the suitability of staff and proprietors standard should be submitted by 4 August 2014. Responses on the remaining standards should be submitted by 18 August 2014.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation the target date for the new ISS regulations to come into force is the October half-term, with the changes to the SMSC and suitability of staff and proprietors standards taking effect from September 2014.

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