Happy New Year to staff and pupils in the schools we inspect both in England and overseas!
This term we look forward to conducting more inspections of British Schools Overseas (BSO). If you are the headteacher or proprietor of a BSO please note that the DfE announced yesterday the changes to the BSO standards requirements which they consulted on in the early part of this year. The new standards are much closer to the ones in operation in independent schools in England and are available for you to view on our website here. These standards will not come into force until September 2017, so the standards on the DfE website (dated 2014) are still current until then, and the documents for schools and inspectors on our website will remain unchanged until the new standards come into force. If you are a BSO school interested in our services, please contact us to request a costing or to book an inspection.
All SIS documents and policies have been reviewed recently to check that they are still current and fit for purpose. They are published on this website. The only updates are further additions to the useful references section in addition to adding the new BSO standards for September 2017 mentioned above. For this reason, all the current documents retain the footer ‘for use from September 2016’ in order to avoid confusing users. A reminder to schools that by using your password for the SIS site you will gain access to the guidance for inspectors, which may be helpful to you in preparing for inspection. If you have lost or forgotten your password please contact us.
Colleges: We have now completed the full inspection programme of FE colleges with Tier 4 licences which SIS does on behalf of the Home Office. During 2017 we will revert to a programme of interim inspection visits. Following the very successful conference for colleges in London last year, we will be arranging another conference in September this year and will put the details of this on our website later this term and write to all our current clients.