BSME Members must undertake accreditation to maintain membership, governed by the following principles: 

  1. Accreditation must be carried out by one of the four external inspectorates approved by the Department for Education (DfE) and monitored by Ofsted.
  2. The purpose of inspection is school improvement; the accreditation process and framework/s must reflect this.
  3. We will collaborate with other member organisations who share our philosophy of excellence to the benefit of our members. 

Schools may, therefore, choose any one of the following options to secure 'Accredited Membership' status. 

Accreditation routes for BSME schools.

Please note the following due to COVID-19: 
  1. BSME has extended the date for completion of BSME accreditation to June 2022. 
  2. AOBSO has deferred BSO renewals in line with BSME’s recommendations. 
  3. If your school requires the DfE to extend your BSO, please email