Developing the Standards & Indicators

OISESA drafted a set of globally aligned Standards & Indicators for quality assurance in schools. These standards focus on the important aspects of the overall concept, whilst the indicators are used to show that a standard has been met. Schools might choose to use different indicators where appropriate or decide that a particular indicator is not relevant. Any variation is discussed with the Mentor and mentioned in the list of evidence provided.

Heads of ISASA member schools across Southern Africa were invited to share feedback about the Draft Standards & Indicators during June, and four online workshops were held during July to discuss and consolidate this feedback. The revised Standards & Indicators 2023 were circulated to all member schools in November 2022. In addition, bespoke draft surveys were developed for ECD and LSEN schools. These will be piloted during the first six months of 2023 and revised as necessary.


Grateful thanks are due to the following individuals and organisations who so generously shared their time, expertise, and resources to guide the drafting and revising of the Standards & Indicators for Quality Assurance.

The ISASA Working Committee: Lebogang Montjane, Confidence Dikgole, Wayne Stuurman, Laura Kelty, and Simon Lee

The ISASA Regional Directors
Heads of ISASA Member Schools
The Inaugural OISESA Mentor Team: Guy Pearson, Mike Hosty, Liz Klug, David Knowles, Fiona Rogers, Barbara Taljard, Barbara Houghton, Jane Edmunds, Moira Rix, Suzanne Cambitzis, Audrey Mazibuko, Stephen Rees, Marianne Bailey, Barbara Heymann, and Gillian Leach
Bonnie Ricci at ICAISA (International Council Advancing Independent Schools Accreditation)
Jane Larsson at CIS (Council of International Schools)
Sara Wilson at AISNE (Association of Independent Schools, New England)
Jeff Bradley and Cameron Staples at NEASC (New England Association of Schools & Colleges)
Dr Phil Cummins and Adriano Di Prato at A School for Tomorrow
Clayton Petrie at NCPSA (National Council for Private School Accreditation)
The 55 Pilot Schools who provided extensive and useful feedback throughout the process

  • Akiva College
  • Applewood Preparatory
  • Calling Academy
  • Cordwalles Preparatory
  • Deutsche Schule Durban
  • Durban Girls’ College (High School, Senior & Junior Primary Schools)
  • Future Achievers Academy
  • Hlanganani Preparatory School
  • Holy Rosary School (High School & Primary School)
  • King’s School
  • Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng (Upper School & Lower School)
  • Marist Brothers Linmeyer (High School & Primary School)
  • Maru-a-Pula School
  • Masibambane College (College, Senior & Junior Preparatory)
  • Penryn College (College & Preparatory)
  • Somerset College (College & Preparatory)
  • Springfield Convent (Senior & Junior Schools)
  • Springfield Primary School
  • St David’s Marist Inanda (College & Preparatory)
  • St John’s College (College, Preparatory & Pre-Preparatory)
  • St Martin De Porres School
  • St Mary’s School, Waverley (Senior & Junior Schools)
  • St Nicholas Diocesan School (College & Junior School)
  • St Peter’s Boys’ Preparatory (Senior & Junior Preparatory)
  • St Peter’s Girls’ Preparatory (Senior & Junior Preparatory)
  • St Stithians Boys’ College (College & Preparatory)
  • St Stithians Girls’ College (College & Preparatory)
  • St Stithians Junior Preparatory
  • Stone House Independent Preparatory School
  • Waterberg Academy (College & Preparatory)
  • Waterfall College (College & Preparatory)
  • Yellowwoods Preparatory School
  • Yeshiva College (High School & Primary School)

The ISASA Anti-Racism Statement
The ISASA Equality Policy Framework
The ISASA Child Protection Policy (Circulated to schools in October 2022)
The ISASA Code of Conduct
A Guide to Effective School Transformation and Diversity Management
A Guide to Effective School Governance