Monday, 9 September 2013

ISI

After school today had an introduction to ISI: the Independent Schools Inspectorate

This is the equivalent of OFSTED for the Independent sector, and one major (and welcome) difference between this and OFSTED is that the inspectors (other than the lead inspector in some cases) are practising teachers. This is more of a review by PEERS, and the criteria for judgements is also slightly different.
It was interesting to hear the differences in perspective, compared to what I have been familiar with from projects with the GA which have involved HMI and Leszek Iwaskow in particular, who I've had quite a lot of chats with over the years, and done several events with.
The section on teaching was interesting, as was the extent of the guidance.
This would make interesting reading for all teachers who may be preparing for a visitor in the coming academic year.

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