International Accreditation Process: Step by Step Guide
Please note that due to the cost of international accreditations the school will be visited on one occasion, usually for two days, and samples of documentation required in form S2a need to be provided electronically (on a CD, or sent through online file transferring platforms such as dropbox/wetransfer) together with photographs of the setting.
How the accreditation process works:
STEP 2. Preparation of Schools Form (S1)
Start working with your team on revisiting your Montessori values and practice and complete the self-evaluation Schools Form S1. This form will give the assessor information about your school and how you operate.
The ‘How to Prepare’ page of this section offers valuable guidance on this part of the process.
STEP 3. Submit Schools Form (S1), Prepare for Visit by Assessor
When you have submitted your S1, form S2a and the photographs of your school, the Accreditation Officer will liaise with MEAB assessors and your setting to set a date for your visit. The Accreditation and Report Fee must be paid when you submit the S1.
When the date of the visit is finalised, the MEAB office will organise the travel arrangements for the visit and inform the setting accordingly. The travel costs, including visa and airport transfer costs, must be settled by the setting prior to the visit commencing. The setting is also responsible for making accommodation arrangements for the assessor(s), these arrangements must be notified to the MEAB office prior to the visit commencing.
The assessor(s) will contact you prior to the visit to introduce themselves and to confirm the final travel and accommodation arrangements and finalise the details of the visit.
STEP 4. Accreditation Visit
The assessor will spend more than one day in your setting; in particularly large settings you may have two assessors. They will observe, talk to children, parents, owner, manager and staff. They will also look at your documents.
At the end of the visit they will give you feedback. You can decide who will sit in on the feedback. They will make verbal recommendations to you during this feedback.
STEP 5. Assessor’s Report
After the visit the assessor will write the Final Report, which will include recommendations. This will be emailed to you to check its factual accuracy.
STEP 6. Assessor’s Report Monitoring
This report will be presented to the Report Monitoring Group (RMG). This group scrutinises all reports for consistency of content and presentation.
STEP 7. Accreditation Awarded
The report will remain private and confidential and will not be ready for circulation to your parents until your accreditation receives final validation by the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board which meets twice yearly. You will be notified of the date of the next meeting.
Once the accreditation has been validated by MEAB you will receive a copy of your Final Report. The Report will be included on this website and linked to your school’s entry on the MSA database.
You and your team will be invited to the next MEAB Awards to receive your accreditation certificate and celebrate your achievement.
The MEAB accreditation is normally valid for four years and you will be contacted three months prior to the accreditation expiring to invite you to prepare for reaccreditation. Where a school provides an education which only broadly follows the principles of the Montessori approach and environment, the accreditation period may only be for one year.
Applying for accreditation does not guarantee validation by the MEAB Board.
It will take approximately six months between the MEAB office receiving your S1 form and the Final Report being published following its validation by the MEAB Board.
Receiving accreditation carries the expectation that settings will continue to develop and to work on the issues highlighted in the accreditation reports, and will remain committed to working with MEAB.