How do I get started with MEAB Accreditation?

The  How to Prepare for Accreditation  page gives full details of what to do and think about. Read this along with the Step by Step Accreditation process  page.  Please note that you need to join the MSA as a school member in order to be eligible for MEAB accreditation.

What forms do I need to complete?

There are only two forms that schools must fill in:

The Expression_of_Interest  and the Schools Form (S1), which you should complete with your team in your own timescale and so begin the process of successful self-evaluation.

There is also an S2 form  that  details the documents that the assessor will need to see when visiting.

All of these forms are available on the  Documents and Guidance  page.

How much does it cost?

There is a One-off Registration fee of £50 to be received with the first Expression of Interest form and the current fee is £400 for new accreditations and £350 for reaccreditations. There is a flat fee for Childminders of £275. International accreditations cost £750, which includes four years MSA membership.  These fees are contributions to the cost of the accreditation process; the shortfall is funded by the Montessori St Nicholas Charity as part of its aim to ensure that all schools using the Montessori name offer high quality education and care to children.

Who do I contact?

For all queries about the process and preparation of documents contact Michele Dows-Miller on meab@montessori.co.uk

Who will visit our setting?

You will be assigned an assessor (two assessors for large schools), who will visit your setting twice or once in the case of international schools.

MEAB assessors are highly skilled and experienced Montessori practitioners, many of whom have run their own schools. They are selected for their interpersonal skills and ability to perceive the ‘bigger picture’.

Some of our assessors have undertaken training with the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (the independent national body that trains right across the education sector).

Is it like an Ofsted Inspection?

No.

The assessment process, visits and reports are not designed to imitate Ofsted inspections. The accreditation visits and reports look at how a setting delivers the Montessori principles and should be read alongside a setting’s Ofsted report, which looks at the statutory compliance involved in running a school.

Relevant national regulations should be considered for schools operating outside England.

These reports are available on the related websites, while you can access the MEAB reports through this site.

How long does the process take?

This depends on a number of factors, such as how long it takes you to submit the Schools Form (S1), how long the timescale is between the assessor’s visits and when your report is presented to the Report Monitoring Group (RMG) and to the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB).

Please refer to the Step by Step Accreditation process  page for more details.

What if my school is not in the UK?

The first step is for you to prepare the International Expression of Interest form and contact Michele Dows-Miller (MEAB Accreditation Officer) by email meab@montessori.org.uk

Will I receive a grade?

No. The accreditation process is about on-going improvement. You will be given recommendations and an action plan to help you work towards these. Some of the recommendations will be achievable for your setting in the short term, others may be longer term goals.

What will my setting receive when it is accredited?

  • A copy of your report, which will also be included on this website, linked to your school’s entry on the MSA database
  • A MEAB accreditation certificate inscribed with your setting’s name and the duration of the accreditation’s valid period
  • The opportunity to market your school as a Montessori setting committed to on-going improvement and to include the MEAB logo on your publicity materials and your website
  • You will have access to material to share with parents, explaining the process that you have been through
  • Additional benefits such as reduced MSA membership fees for MEAB accredited schools
  • For other benefits such as professional development training discounts please refer to http://www.montessori.org.uk/montessori-schools-association/what-is-the-msa/school-benefits
  • The most important benefit will be the sense of having your Montessori practice recognised. This will give your nursery, day care or school the opportunity to belong to a group of settings committed to the continued delivery of high quality Montessori education.

If you have not been able to find the information that you need on these pages, please contact: meab@montessori.org.uk