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06 Nov 2013

ISI monitoring visit report

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In a recent monitoring visit, the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) maintained its previous judgement that International House London exceeds expectation.

The ISI is an approved Educational Oversight body authorised by the UK Border Agency to inspect English language schools in the UK. Their aim is to improve the quality of education on offer to international students through Tier 4 of the points based system for student visas.

Inspections are carried out every four years with monitoring visits every year in between. Inspectors observe lessons, conduct formal interviews with students and examine samples of their work. They attend registration sessions, interview senior members of staff and carry out pre-inspection surveys for staff and students.

International House London’s last full inspection was in October 2012 when it was judged to have exceeded expectations. That finding was upheld by the inspectors in a monitoring visit on 8 October 2013.

The inspectors found IH London to be excellent in the three core inspection areas: quality of curriculum, teaching and learners’ achievements, students’ welfare, including health and safety, and the effectiveness of governance, leadership and management.

Special mention was made of the “excellent use of new technologies” in classrooms, that “student’s benefit from an excellent social programme and major refurbishment of the school” and that “quality assurance mechanisms promote a positive culture”.

Read the full ISI 2013 monitoring inspection report

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