BSO Inspectorates and Standards

BSO Inspection Standards for Schools

The original BSO inspection standards were derived, in consultation, from those applied by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in its role in inspecting the great majority of UK Independent Schools.  A review of these has resulted in a new set of standards, which will be used for all BSO inspections from 1st September 2017.  The current standards can be found at:

BSO Inspection Standards for Schools

Inspectorates authorised by the Department for Education, to conduct inspections leading to BSO status

In order to achieve BSO status, a school has to have been inspected, within the last three academic years, by an approved provider.  As part of the ongoing development of the BSO system,  providers that wished to continue to offer inspections had to be re-approved: As of 1 September 2017, the folllowing providers are approved:

Inspectorates are required to publish on their websites,  the results of all inspections for the past three years.  Further details can be found at:

The standards that each inspectorate has to meet, in order to be approved to carry out BSO inspections, can be found at:

Standards for BSO Inspectorates