The Independent School Inspections Certificate

Your step-by-step guide to independent school inspections

The Independent School Inspections Certificate

Your step-by-step guide to independent school inspections
Education form
12 months
Advancement level

Inspection day doesn’t have to be daunting so long as you are fully aware, up-to-date and well prepared!

The Independent School Inspections Certificate has been designed to ensure you are always inspection ready!

The fully online comprehensive 8-module course and will guide you through the inspection and regulatory framework, the standards, and the inspection process – helping you to understand what inspectors are looking for and how to meet, and exceed, expectations.

It will enable you to demonstrate compliance, best practice policy, implementation and impact and drive the best outcomes possible for your students and your school.

With increasing competition in the sector make sure you are receiving the highest rating possible and attracting and retaining your student base.

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Why this course?
Get up to date on the inspection and regulatory framework – incl. key changes, your statutory responsibilities, and an overview of the current inspection process
Understand what inspectors are looking for and how to demonstrate compliance
Make sure you are prepared for inspection day and beyond
Explore best practice policies, models and procedures
Interpret the key requirements for your setting – understand and meet the standards
Drive the best outcomes for your school and meet the needs of all your students
Learn at your own pace and in your own time with our specialist, flexible online learning platform
How does it work?
The fully online course is delivered via our specialist learning platform – each module will consist of training videos, written materials, downloadable templates, examples and tools, and a test at the end to check your learning.
Designed for flexible learning it means you can work at your own pace and in your own time, and with a year’s access you can keep going back to refresh your knowledge.

The Modules

Module 1:
The inspection and regulatory framework
Key statutory requirements Latest regulatory changes
The Independent School Standards – DfE guidance
Inspection principles and the use of evidence
An overview: the different types of inspection
EYFS Regulations
Boarding standards
Module 2:
Quality of education – policy, implementation and compliance
Interpreting the requirements for your setting
Key curriculum design principles
Demonstrating broad subject expertise
Developing refined and engaging lesson plans and schemes of work
Teaching and learning – overseeing excellent delivery
Framework for pupil performance – progress and assessment
Meeting the needs of all pupils
Module 3:
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils (SMSC)
Understanding and meeting the standard
Embedding into day to day operations
Making the approach appropriate: age, ability and SEN
Actively promoting British values
Putting the new RSE guidance into practice
The role of extra-curricular activities
Relevance of other standards to SMSC
Module 4:
Welfare, health and safety of pupils: actively promoting wellbeing
What are your responsibilities and duty of care?
Demonstrating an understanding of the requirements in your policies
Putting policy into practice and learning from experiences
Safeguarding guidance and best practice arrangements
Preventing bullying and online harms
The provision of mental health support
Boarding: what additional policies and measures need to be in place?
Module 5:
Leadership and management
Demonstrating an ambitious vision and achieving desired outcomes
Meeting the independent school standards consistently
Engaging with learners and the community
Managing staff practice, teaching and workload
Promoting staff CPD and other development opportunities
Staff wellbeing and mental health: best practice strategies and frameworks
The Provision of information standard
Module 6:
Preparing for inspection day
The inspection schedule
Demonstrating compliance
Preparing pre-inspection documentation
Who will inspectors want to see on the day?
How will they make their judgements?
Looking at previous inspection reports
Preparing staff, governors and pupils for inspection day
Parental and pupil feedback in advance of the inspection
Module 7:
Inspection day and beyond
Guidelines for inspection day
Meeting with inspectors and leading the day
Lesson and pupil observation
Tips for addressing issues during the inspection
Post-inspection evaluation
What will the report cover?
Understanding and responding to your draft report
Next steps and building into school development plan
Module 8:
Self-evaluation and sustainable improvement
School self-evaluation
Department/ subject self-evaluation
Data analysis, progress tracking and goal setting
Benchmarking: local and national
Addressing your inspection recommendations
Taking a whole-school approach to improvement
Implementing change
Sustaining change

Course content

Learning modules

Online learning modules
Online learning modules

Training videos
Training videos

Self-assessment tests
Self-assessment tests

Certificate of Completion
Certificate of Completion


JMC Education
Education Consultancy and Training
JMC Education, the consultancy group whose unique bespoke approach to CPD has led to them being in high demand in schools and colleges across the UK and the world. The Group have won awards in the sector in 2019 and 2020 and have been named Educational Consultancy and School INSET Provider of the year respectively.
Steve Burnage
Expert practitioner, consultant, and trainer
Having spent over 25 years teaching and leading high schools across the UK, Steve is a sought after as an expert practitioner, consultant, and trainer. He specialises in developing effective school leadership; and the key areas of outstanding learning and teaching including inclusive learning, positive behaviour management, marking, feedback and assessment, performance management, staff development, coaching and mentoring and the performing arts. Steve writes, delivers and hosts training and consultancy in schools, colleges, academies and conference venues throughout the UK, Europe, The Indian Subcontinent, Central and southern Asia and the Middle East as well as supporting organisations in planning, producing and delivering on-line and blended learning education courses. Steve is a principal examiner and lead trainer for Cambridge International Examinations, The International Baccalaureate, and the British Council. In addition, Steve is the lead trainer for Cambridge online professional development across the world. Steve writes a regular column for several UK education publications and is currently writing a teacher development training manual for an international publisher.

The Independent School Inspections Certificate

The Independent School Inspections Certificate
Equipping you with essential knowledge to build on your role
Flexible learning
Access to tools to help you make your job easier

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