This will really get us thinking about the BSO Inspection and effective classroom practice

William Shuttleworth, Director of Teaching & Learning, The Banda, IAPS Prep School, Nairobi, Kenya

New BSO Standards for August 2023 – are you ready?

The DfE have in place a voluntary inspection scheme for BSO Accredited Schools. This ensures schools provide their pupils with the skills and qualifications they need to enter or re-enter the British education system.
Inspections for BSOs follow a similar framework and guidance to those used for independent school inspection in England. As of August 2023 the DfE are implementing new standards for BSOs; these are based closely on the UK ISSR’s & NMS but also take account, where possible, of compliance with any local requirements.

  • How will your school fare in the BSO inspections?
  • Are you aware of the changes to the standards and their implications to your school?
  • Can your staff readily identify the outcomes they seek?
  • Can they ensure they emerge in the classroom?
  • Are you promoting positive behaviour and relationships?
  • Is your school teaching Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) as per the standards ?

BSO Accreditation

‘British schools overseas: standards for schools’ lists the standards that all accredited British schools overseas must meet.

To become accredited British Schools Overseas must have an inspection every 3 years which shows that their performance against all the standards is at least satisfactory.

Practical steps to ensure your school is BSO inspection-ready every day.

The latest incarnation of a BSO inspection,  sharpens the focus and makes explicit their interest in the ‘Outcomes for Pupils’ – any day, anywhere, any lesson, any activity – what are the outcomes for pupils?

Schools will need to change their focus to be seen at their best. The 8 targets for achievement, and the further 8 for personal development will not be new to schools, but they will now be ‘up front and personal’, rather than taken for granted and ‘presumed present until proved absent.’

Inspectors in classrooms will no longer be noting broad summaries of good and less good practice from staff and pupils. They will be filtering what they see through a template that allows them to judge outcomes for pupils against 16 specific expectations.

This Inspection INSET help you prepare for the new order of inspection.

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Inspection INSET Outline

The New BSO Focus

  • Understanding the changes to the BSO standards are their implications to your school
  • Unpicking the 9 BSO standards

Education Quality : Raising Pupil Achievement

  • The Big 8 – knowing the targets
  • High impact strategies for raising achievement
  • Stretching the most able
  • Differentiation and Independent learning
  • Providing the evidence to demonstrate success

Excellent Personal Development

  • The Second Big 8 – knowing the targets, and how and when to include them
  • Strategies for improving and enabling personal development
  • Creating a culture where pupils understand and accept how to improve their own learning
  • Classroom approaches to developing pupil’s self-discipline and resilience
  • Providing the evidence to demonstrate success

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Thank you so much. I feel a lot more connected to what an inspection really means for a class teacher.

Helen McCurry , Class teacher, ACS Hillingdon International
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