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Schools: Inspection

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 3 November (HL6066), what steps they take to ensure that inspections undertaken by the School Inspection Service and the Bridge Schools Inspectorate are satisfactorily carried out; and what organisation inspects the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, the German School and similar institutions. [HL6286]

All approved independent inspectorates, including the School Inspection Service (SIS) and the Bridge Schools Inspectorate (BSI), operate under strict quality assurance arrangements. Ofsted carries out monitoring to satisfy the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the wider public that the inspection judgments made by other inspectorates are consistent with those made by Ofsted. Ofsted publishes an annual assessment of the reliability of the work of other inspectorates which can be found at http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-by/Education/Providers/Independent-schools.

The Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, the German School and other similar institutions are inspected by Ofsted, as they have not made alternative arrangements.