Letters from the Department for Education to Ofsted and ISI in relation to the inspection of independent schools and joint working.


Direction to Ofsted on monitoring of the independent inspectorates for independent schools in England

PDF, 171KB, 4 pages

Letter to the Independent Schools Inspectorate

PDF, 285KB, 6 pages

Ofsted Standard Inspection Cycle Letter

PDF, 138KB, 3 pages

Independent Schools Inspectorate Standard Inspection Cycle Letter

PDF, 137KB, 2 pages


Advice on the approval of independent inspectorates is also available.

Published 2 March 2015
Last updated 1 October 2021 + show all updates

  1. Added ‘ISI Standard Inspection Cycle Letter’ and ‘Ofsted Standard Inspection Cycle Letter’.

  2. Replaced the ‘memorandum of understanding’ document with revised direction to Ofsted on monitoring ISI as the only approved independent inspectorate.

  3. Removed letter to the School Inspection Service, which has ceased inspection of schools in England.

  4. Removed letter to the Bridge Schools Inspectorate, which closed on 30 September 2015.

  5. First published.