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Are Independent School inspections reliable?

Are Independent School inspections reliable?

Private school inspectors are passing certain school leaders even if in their own reports note they are failing, Ofsted has warned.

The watchdog has delivered a mixed verdict on the Independent Schools Inspectorate, the inspection body for members of the Independent Schools Council, after its annual sample check of its reports.

Ofsted was only able to sample 11 ISI reports written, while it also watched two inspections in situ. The ISI carried out 415 inspections last year.

Despite such a small sample size, Ofsted found two reports which did not meet the ISI’s own standards for inspections.

Two “regulatory compliance reports”, which simply check schools meet the independent school standards, found that the schools in question had failed on certain standards.

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