British schools overseas inspection scheme

What British schools overseas need to know about the voluntary inspection scheme and available support.

We have put in place a voluntary inspection scheme for overseas schools to help make sure they provide their pupils with the skills and qualifications they need to enter or re-enter the British education system. The scheme helps to inform parents of how the standards in these schools measure up against the standards that apply to independent schools in Britain.


‘British schools overseas: standards for schools’ lists the standards that all accredited British schools overseas must meet. Approved inspectorates will use these standards when they inspect your school.

To become accredited you must have an inspection every 3 years which shows:

  • that your performance against all the standards is at least satisfactory
  • how you compare against the standards required for registration in Britain

Approved inspectorates

Inspectorates are approved by us and monitored by Ofsted to inspect British schools overseas and produce inspection reports.

Ofsted reports annually on the quality of foreign inspections.

We have approved the following organisations to inspect and report on British schools overseas:

Inspection fees

We have no role in fee-setting for overseas inspections. Schools must arrange their own inspections by contacting an approved inspectorate.

Inspection results

Inspectorates are required to publish the results of all inspections on their website for the past 3 years.

If you meet the standards you will be allocated a unique reference number on the national school reference system, Edubase.


The following organisations provide help and support to British schools overseas in arranging and preparing for inspections:

You can find advice on offering induction to your newly qualified teachers in the ‘Induction for newly qualified teachers’ statutory guidance.