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Inspection Reports of COBIS British Schools Overseas (BSO) and UK COBIS Accredited Members

DfE Approved Inspections for British Schools Overseas (BSO)

DfE Approved Inspections for British Schools Overseas (BSO)

To be recognised by the UK Department for Education (DfE), a British school overseas (BSO) must have an inspection report which shows that their performance against all the BSO standards is at least satisfactory. This reflects the standards required for continuing registration as a school in England. Following a successful BSO inspection, schools will be allocated a unique reference number on the UK's national school reference system, Edubase.

Click here to view the BSO Standards for Schools

Click here to view the BSO Standards for Inspectorates

Click here to view the annual reports from Ofsted on the quality of the inspections and reports by independent inspectorates approved by the DfE to inspect British Schools Overseas (BSO)

Following a successful inspection by one of the DfE approved inspectorates listed above, COBIS is able to confer formal recognition on its Accredited Member and Member schools worldwide.

Heads and senior leaders in COBIS schools are also eligible to train as ISI inspectors and to participate in inspections of both British International schools and schools in the UK. Inspection teams for COBIS schools have an independent lead or reporting inspector and include team members who are practitioners in international schools as well as those from the UK.

Under the DfE approved BSO inspection framework, voluntary inspections of BSO take place every three years. Any inspections of COBIS schools undertaken since January 2011 have taken place under the BSO arrangements. Schools which were inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) before this date, under the previous six-year cycle, can opt to change immediately to the BSO arrangements or to complete their six-year cycle and then change.

In all cases these schools will retain their COBIS Accredited Member status. ISI reports from 2008-2011 are also published on the DfE website but carry only a 3-year validity.

Contact Colin Bell, CEO with any further questions ceo@cobis.org

COBIS School Inspection Reports - BSO and UK COBIS Accredited Members

COBIS School Inspection Reports as Approved by the UK Department for Education (DfE)

Inspection reports for UK COBIS Accredited Members and COBIS schools inspected by a DfE approved inspectorate under the British Schools Overseas (BSO) framework are published below

As a condition of Accredited COBIS membership, schools must undergo a voluntary inspection by one of the DfE approved Inspectorates for BSO.

Approved DFE Inspectorates for British Schools Overseas

Pre-Inspection Preparation Courses

Is your school preparing for a BSO Inspection?

COBIS supports schools worldwide to work towards and prepare for BSO inspections. The COBIS Consultancy service offers bespoke pre-BSO inspection 'critical friend' school visits. Access COBIS pre-BSO inspection 'critical friend' school visits via the COBIS Consultancy service

Contact us

    • WedApr15 COBIS Webinar: LinkedIn for Beginners - In Association with Interactive Schools 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • MonApr20 COBIS Webinar: EAL Provision in COBIS Secondary Schools - Experiences from COBIS Members 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • ThuApr23 COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff, Dubai Dubai College, UAE
British School of Beijing, Shunyi hosts a successful four-day Middle Leaders' Programme (19-22 March 2015) and Professional Learning Conference for Teachers (20-21 March 2015).
COBIS members are invited to share feedback on the proposed DfE Consultation/Review of BSO Inspection Standards.

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