25% of Non Association Independent Schools inspected between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 failed to meet the requirements of the Independent School Standards

Ofsted – Non-association independent schools inspections and outcomes in England, 2020

Supporting Non Association Independent Schools with Ofsted

There are over 1,100 non-association schools, which fall into two categories: independent special schools (45%) and other independent schools (55%). Ofsted inspects both these types of school and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspects the schools that are members of an association.

All independent schools must meet all the paragraphs of the Independent School Standards (ISSRs) in order to maintain their registration. The DfE is very clear and unambiguous about this requirement. ISSR compliance is integral to getting a positive inspection outcome.

JMC are specialists in supporting non association independent schools and special schools with unrivalled knowledge and experience inspecting against the current Ofsted framework and the ISSRs. We support schools through our in-school training, expert-led compliance & safeguarding webinars, school improvement reviews, audits and mock inspections.

Under the current Ofsted inspection framework, failing to meet the standards almost guarantees an “inadequate” inspection judgment.

If your Non -Association Independent school has been judged as ‘inadequate’ or is in special measures please see our additional services

Mock Inspections for Non Association Independent Schools

All non-association independent schools will have a ‘standard inspection’ every 3 years. Standard inspections are carried out using the current Ofsted education inspection framework (EIF) and the Independent School Standards. We have a unique understanding of both of these frameworks and their application to schools.

Many schools choose to combine whole school inspection training with an Ofsted mock inspection.

We have a range of packages which our office team would be happy to discuss with you.

JMC Inspection Team

Ofsted Inspection Training

Our inspection teams aim to leave your school having helped you unpick the current Ofsted inspection framework and given your teaching & administration teams more confidence and reassurance in readiness for when the inspector calls.

We provide easy to access online expert led compliance webinars and updates for school staff and Governors or trustees.

For further information on the latest changes to the Ofsted Framework for September 2022 follow this link

JMC Inspection Team

The focus of our courses can be adapted to your needs so please browse the current courses in the list below and let us know your priorities for us to tailor the course to best prepare you for your inspection visit.

Non Association Independent School Inspection Training

Training could focus on areas such as:

I am buzzing with ideas, clear, concise and helpful

Hannah Pomroy, Deputy Head, Ampleforth College

enquiries@jmcinset.com

020 8531 4152

Ofsted Deep Dive Training

We offer Ofsted Deep Dive training for HODs or the SLT as well as subject & phase specific training:

Compliance Training for Schools

We can offer the following or tailor a bespoke package to meet your school’s needs: 

Understanding the ISSRs in Non Association Independent schools

Training for staff who complete the SCR and recruitment processes

  • Break down of all pre-employment checks, why and how to carry them out.
  • Each session tailored to participants needs.
  • Increased ability to respond the complex requirements when completing processes.
  • Boosts confidence and understanding.

Safeguarding for School Proprietors, Trustees & Governors

Training on how to carry out internal audits of the SCR

  • There can be great benefits to the Safeguarding Governors or Trustee carrying out an internal audit of the SCR. In order for a robust audit to take place, in depth training is offered to support the governor with this process.
  • Training on how to carry out robust internal audits of the SCR.
  • Demonstrations on how to delve further into processes to ensure statutory requirements are met.
  • Appreciation to challenge evidence presented.
  • Participants will leave with a greater awareness of the legislation that governs recruitment and the SCR.

School Compliance Briefing sessions

  • Annual briefing sessions to non- association schools updating on changes to statutory requirements from the DfE or Home Office, along with elements of best practice gained from schools audits. 

Please browse the course details below and get in touch to find out what makes us different and we can begin to create a truly bespoke solution for your school.

enquiries@jmcinset.com

020 8531 4152

Whole school and Lead team INSET on preparing for Ofsted inspection

Safeguarding training

Compliance & Safeguarding Training Webinars

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Lesson observations

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School self evaluation

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ISI BSO

BSO INSET : Securing Excellence in ISI BSO EQI

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How to Prepare for an Ofsted Deep Dive

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INSET : Advanced Marking & Feedback Strategies

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State Boarding School Audit: Academies, Free Schools

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ISI Lesson Observations

INSET: ISI Lesson Observation and the ISSRs

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ISI INSET: Documentation for ISI Inspections

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Middle leaders INSET : Effective Curriculum Monitoring & Evaluation

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INSET : Excellent Teaching & Learning for ISI

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