G2G Education was until this year accredited by the UK Department for Education (DfE) to inspect British schools overseas. We decided this year not to reapply for accreditation and have agreed instead to offer support and advice to schools wishing to gain accreditation. Under the new rules, companies are not allowed to advise and inspect the same schools.
We have a great deal of experience of working with and inspecting schools overseas and have a firm understanding of the standards and protocols for insecting British Schools Overseas. We are, therefore, in a very good postiion to offer you the advice, support and challenge you need to be ready for an inspection.
The DfE has made arrangements and devised a common set of standards for the inspection of British schools overseas. The intention is to inform parents of pupils in British schools around the world how the standards of these schools compare with those that apply to independent schools in the UK. Inspectorates authorised by the DfE and quality assured by Ofsted will be available to inspect British schools overseas and produce inspection reports that will be made available to parents and prospective parents. By achieving UK inspection based accreditation, participating schools will be able to demonstrate that they provide a British education that has similar characteristics to an education in an independent school in the UK. Click here to see the full DfE document DfE standards that incldes the standards against which schools will be inspected.
Why choose G2G to offer advice on getting ready for an inspection?
G2G has inspected using the British Schools Overseas standards and framework. We will deploy advisers with extensive overseas and UK inspection experience in the relevant phase. We will ensure that the team includes inspectors familiar with the particular curriculum, such as the IB (PYP, MYP and Diploma) or the IPC, in addition to the UK Early Years Foundation Stage, the National Curriculum for England and International examination curricula for secondary and post-16 students.
Our approach to supporting pre-inspection preparation is rigorous and fair. We understand that inspections can be stressful times for schools and we aim to show schools how to prepare so that stress is minimised.
We will look closely at all of your paperwork and offer suggestions for how it can be improved. We will mirror aspects of the inspection and give advice on what needs to be imporved so that you will meet the standards across all areas.
We will involve schools in the pre-inspection process from the outset. We will encourage senior leaders to join lesson observations and hold ‘mock team meetings’. We will interview staff and give them feedback on how they ‘performed’. This collaborative approach will help schools understand the requirements needed for accreditation as a British School Overseas.
St Andrews International Primary School, Malawi
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