News: School Inspection Service (SIS) closes

The Private school and British Schools Overseas (BSO) watchdog the School Inspection Service (SIS) has closed down after Ofsted found concerns with its rigour and approach to safeguarding.

In a letter to the education secretary, chief inspector Amanda Spielman called for the government to close down underperforming Steiner schools that fail to improve.

She also highlighted failings in the School Inspection Service (SIS), which had been responsible for monitoring the largely privately run Steiner schools and some religious schools.

Safeguarding Concerns

“The results of our monitoring work of SIS also gave me cause for concern: the inspections we monitored lacked rigour, particularly in relation to safeguarding,” Ms Spielman wrote to Damian Hinds.

Transition to ISI Inspection 

“I am aware that SIS has taken the decision to cease operating. I know our officials are already working together, along with the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), to ensure that all schools previously under the SIS umbrella are inspected by an alternative inspectorate.”

JMC is ideally placed to east the transition of an Independent or BSO school from SIS to ISI inspections. We can provide training for your staff on the current ISI criteria and expectations to achieve “Excellent” as well as preparing your school for an ISI inspection through pre-inspection training and mock inspection work.

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