Independent school action plans

Guidance on producing an action plan to meet independent school standards.

Applies to England


Independent school action plans


This guidance is for:

  • proprietors of independent schools in England
  • senior leadership teams who work with them

It supports proprietors in producing an action plan which will properly demonstrate how they will improve on standards they have failed from the:

It applies to independent schools (also called private schools).

Independent schools will receive an action plan notice if they are failing some of the independent school standards.

It may also be useful for:

  • the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
  • the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)
  • associations in membership of the Independent Schools Council
Published 30 November 2013
Last updated 25 April 2023 + show all updates
  1. Updated the independent school action plans guidance with additional support information.

  2. Extended review date: we have reviewed and republished this advice, to conform with new legislation brought into force in 2015, and confirmed that it is up to date.

  3. First published.