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Independent Schools Inspectorate

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government who owns the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI); who are its directors; and how often the ISI has to inspect schools and colleges which issue confirmations of acceptance for studies to non-European Union nationals seeking visas to study at private colleges in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. The Independent Schools Council (ISC) is its sole member, although from January 2012 the ISC will relinquish ownership to eight individual members. The board of directors comprises the chairman, the chief inspector, up to eight directors nominated by the ISC member associations, three independent directors, and one director nominated by ISC. The appointments of the chairman, chief inspector and independent directors are subject to approval by the Department for Education.

The Government are discussing with ISI the frequency of inspection of schools and colleges that are part of the UKBA scheme. There will be an announcement in due course.

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