About IQAA

IQAA was established in 2004 and has subsequently quality assured over 800 schools in Southern Africa, including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Ghana and Swaziland.

The IQAA's quality assurance processes bring a dimension to the quality assurance of school education that was not previously present in the education system, which focused on compliance and external scrutiny - that of school-motivated, self-evaluation and continuous improvement, under the guidance of professional mentors. IQAA's model accommodates difference rather than seeking to enforce sameness through compliance, and in so doing enhances the "independence" of schools, to develop their own culture, philosophies and practices in education.

Each school evaluated, its pupils, staff, parents and community, are given complete respect and concern by IQAA, especially in relation to the school's own distinctive mission, ethos and aims. All of IQAA’s quality assurance services can be tailor made to suit the specific needs of individual schools and other clients.

The IQAA model is relevant to a wide range of schools including early childhood development centres, junior primary or foundation phase schools, primary and senior schools.

The IQAA model also accommodates Montessori schools, Waldorf schools, all faith-based schools ( e.g. Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Moslem), and Cambridge International schools, amongst others.

IQAA Services


IQAA offers the following quality assurance services to schools:

titleThe Core Evaluation conducted against quality targets that focus on the quality of teaching and learning and the operational efficiency of
the school

Optional add-on evaluations:

• Governance and Management Module
• Transformation and Diversity Module
• Boarding
• Aftercare
• Values and Society Involvement

IQAA may also develop instruments to evaluate other distinctive areas that the school may identify and request.

As a further follow-up service or a once-off to address specific issues, IQAA offers customised snap surveys that provide information to the school management for decision-making purposes.


Ideas to Consider

You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end - which you can never afford to lose - with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they may be.

Jim Stockdale, quoted by Jim Collins, Confront your reality

Reflection from schools evaluated in 2018

'An excellent, professional evaluation experience for all of us, and it exceeded our expectations by far.'