The fact that the name ‘Montessori’ is not protected in the UK can make it difficult for parents looking for a Montessori school to know whether it is authentic or not.
Montessori Education (UK) runs a school accreditation scheme known as Montessori Accreditation. It is a quality assurance process that is designed to help schools to continuously develop and enhance their Montessori practice. It consists of an ongoing programme of support, guidance and improvement for the school and all it’s staff members. This ensures that schools accredited by Montessori Education (UK) continue to embody the highest Montessori standards.
The Montessori Accreditation process is an affirming one and the length of time it takes to attain varies according to the different needs of each school. It involves self-appraising current practice, with the support of a Mentor, which highlights areas to focus on and develop in preparation for the visit by the Montessori Accreditation Assessor.
Montessori Accreditation is not an inspection and will never replace the Ofsted inspection. In fact, it is quite the opposite. It aims to facilitate growth of the school by highlighting the good aspects of practice and offering new ideas and interpretations to ensure that the Montessori environment is achieving the very best it can for each and every one of its children.
To download an information pack and to find out more about Montessori Accreditation please visit the Montessori Education(UK) website.