The workshop was also attended by representatives of the Schools’ Division, CCATS, EMIS, Schools, SQA and Professional Centre Secretariat. Input from these partners was invaluable in carrying out the review of the Inspectorate documents, tools and process.
The topics addressed during the workshop included:
General challenges with the current inspection practices and mitigating factors;
Inspection standards/key areas – Looking at our School framework;
Simulation of Inspection at Beau Vallon primary school;
Discussion of the idea of giving feedback to teachers after
The workshop was also an ideal opportunity to align the Framework ‘Looking at Our School’ with new initiatives by the Ministry of Education, such as the Inclusive Education Policy and the Medium Term Strategy 2013-2017 and Beyond.
Two workshops were conducted with school leaders, one for secondary and one for primary to sensitise personnel on the reviewed tools, operation manual, framework, the self evaluation template and inspection process.
The inspection process now includes two new components, namely the giving of feedback to teachers after inspectors have observed their lessons and the confirmation of accuracy of the content of the draft report.
Responses gathered from the workshop evaluation questionnaires reveal that on the whole participants had found the workshop ‘useful and very beneficial’. Almost all participants appreciated the opportunity to engage with the Inspectorate Unit members and to update existing knowledge and skills in relation to assuring quality in the provision of education to young people.
Following the workshops, digital documents would be forwarded to schools to facilitate their work.