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Transparency data

Independent schools: approved inspectorates

The agreements the Department for Education has reached with approved independent school inspectorates and with Ofsted.



The memorandum of understanding document sets out the agreement the Department for Education (DfE) has reached with Ofsted and the approved inspectorates of independent schools. It explains how Ofsted will monitor and report on the independent inspectorates’ work.

The 2 letters to independent inspectorates outline the agreements DfE has reached with the 2 approved inspectorates of independent schools:

  • Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)
  • The School Inspection Service (SIS)

Advice on the approval of independent inspectorates is also available.