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Inspecting British schools overseas

Education Development Trust is authorised by the Department for Education in England to inspect British schools overseas - international schools that offer a UK curriculum.

Internationals schools offering a UK curriculum, such as the English National Curriculum, can seek recognition of the quality of their provision through the Inspection of British Schools Overseas (BSO) process. With endorsement from the Department for Education (DfE) in London and using a transparent framework of quality expectations, inspection under this system is benchmarked against the standards expected of effective independent schools in England. Education Development Trust is one of the inspection providers authorised by the UK government to provide BSO. The BSO process is monitored and quality-assured by the government school inspection agency for England, Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education).

There are many schools worldwide that see themselves as having a British style or characters. For these 'British schools overseas', this inspection process provides a means to reassure parents that educational standards are comparable with independent school standards in the UK. The inspection process leads to the production of a report that will provide the school community with an official view of quality. The inspection report will be posted on our website as per the Department for Education’s requirements. See the listing  of Education Development Trust’s British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspection reports below.


The benefits of BSO

The value of the BSO inspection lies, above all, in the rigour of the inspection process that gives recognition to a school and highlights both its strengths and weaknesses in relation to clearly defined UK standards and expectations. This reference provides reassurance for current and prospective parents and a focus for further development.

An additional benefit of BSO is that it entitles schools that successfully meet the standards, to recruit and induct newly qualified teachers. This recognition provides BSO-inspected schools with an added advantage which may assist in their teacher recruitment and in attracting and retaining new teachers in an increasingly competitive world.


Inspection with Education Development Trust

Education Development Trust has a reputation for quality. We provide schools with an inspection service delivered by quality-assured and respected inspectors with high levels of credibility and relevant experience. Our BSO inspections are organised centrally in the UK, with the added benefit of local intelligence derived from our global presence through our offices in many of the key markets for British schools overseas. We pay particular attention to team composition ensuring that our staff are suitable given the size and character of the school.

Download our inspecting British schools overseas brochure


How does BSO work?

The BSO process is simple and straightforward and a school seeking to be inspected takes the following steps:

  1. Submit an initial enquiry
  2. Register for an inspection
  3. Liaise over the inspection arrangements
  4. Manage the inspection visit
  5. Receive the final written report and outcome


Education Development Trust has been authorised by the UK Department for Education to inspect British schools overseas and produce inspection reports. As a DfE-approved inspectorate, our BSO inspection reports are published on our website.

ABC International School, Vietnam, 2024 (ABCIS)
ABC International School, Vietnam 2020
Al Ain English Speaking School, UAE 2022
Al Salam School, Dubai, 2023
Arcadia School, Dubai 2021
The Banda School, Kenya, 2023
Brighton College, Bangkok, 2023
Brighton College Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2024
Brighton College, Dubai - November 2022
British Academy School, Marrakech, 2023
Capital School, Dubai 2021
Children’s International School, Nigeria
Deira International School, Dubai 2021
Doha College, Qatar, 2023
Doha College, Qatar, 2020
Dubai British School - Emirates Hills, 2021
Dubai British School, Jumeriah Park, 2022
Dubai College, 2021
Dubai English Speaking College, UAE, 2024 (DESC)
Dubai English Speaking College, Dubai, 2020
Dubai English Speaking School, UAE, 2024 (DESS)
Dubai English Speaking School, Dubai, 2020
GEMS First Point School, Dubai, 2017
GEMS First Point School, Dubai, 2022
GEMS Metropole School, Dubai, 2017
GEMS Metropole School, Dubai, 2021
GEMS National School, Dubai 2022
GEMS Founders Schools, Dubai
GEMS Royal School, Dubai, 2023
GEMS Royal Dubai School, UAE
GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail 2019
GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail 2023
GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis 2016
GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis 2022
GEMS Wellington International School
GEMS Wellington International School, UAE
GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai, 2023
GEMS Wellington Primary, UAE
GEMS Winchester School, Dubai 2022
Harrow International School, Bangkok, 2023
Hartland International School, 2021
Horizon International School, Dubai, 2023
Horizon International School, Dubai
International School of Morocco, Casablanca
International School of Penang (Uplands), Malaysia
International School of Creative Science, Dubai, 2023
International School of Creative Science, Dubai, 2020
International School of Creative Science, Sharjah, 2023
Jebel Ali School, Dubai, 2023
Jumeirah College, UAE
Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches, 2019
Jumeirah English Speaking School, Dubai 2019
Jumeirah English Speaking School, UAE
Jumeriah Primary, UAE
Kellett School, Hong Kong, 2023
King's College Bangkok, Thailand, 2024
Kings' School Al Barsha, UAE 2022
Kings’ School Dubai, UAE 2014
Kings' School Dubai, UAE 2022
Kings' School Nad Al Sheba, UAE 2022
London Academy Morocco
Nord Anglia International School, Dubai, 2017
Nord Anglia International School, Dubai, 2021
Raffles International School, 2021
Raffles International School, Dubai, 2015
Regent International School, Dubai, 2023
Regent International School Dubai, 2019
Regents International School, Pattaya, 2023
Regents International School, Pattaya, Thailand
Repton School Dubai, UAE
Rugby School, Thailand, 2022
Safa British School, 2022
Safa Community School, 2022
Safa Private School, UAE
School of Research Science, UAE
South View School, UAE, 2024
St Andrew's International School, Thailand
St Andrew's Samakee, Thailand, 2023
St Andrew's Samakee, Thailand
St Stephen's International School, Thailand, 2022
St Stephen's International School, Thailand
Star International School, Dubai
Sunmarke School, Dubai, 2023
Sunmarke School, Dubai, 2019
Tanglin Trust Infant School, Singapore
Tanglin Trust Junior School, Singapore
Tanglin Trust Senior School, Singapore
Tanglin Trust Schools, 2022
The Arbor School, UAE 2022
Townshend International School, Czech Republic
Traill International School, Bangkok, 2019
Victory Heights Primary School, Dubai 2017
Victory Heights Primary School, Dubai 2022