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Minister John O’Dowd MLA launched the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection Report School Inspection in a Polycentric Context: The Case of Northern Ireland in the Long Room, Stormont...
Dr. Melanie Ehren’s address to Westminister Education Forum, talking about the future accountability of free schools and academies in England. You can read the summary of the speech .
The UK Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation on ways to intervenein failing, underperforming and coasting schools. The document puts forward a new set of interventions specifically...
. In this recording Dr. Melanie Ehren answers this question and talks about some of the changes in the current education landscape and consequences for school inspection systems. You...
During her first speech in post (see the BBC article here), Lucy Powell told her party’s conference in Brighton that academy chains would be made accountable. In her speech...
Across Europe, Inspectorates of Education are developing new inspection methods and modalities that fit a more decentralized education system. In such systems schools and other service providers operate in networks to provide inclusive education or develop and implement more localized school-to-school improvement models.
As some education systems move towards more decentralized decision-making where multiple actors have an active role in steering and governing schools, the tasks and responsibilities of Inspectorates of Education also change.
This project reflects on these changes and suggests ‘polycentric’ inspection models that fit such a decentralized context. Examples of inspection frameworks and methods from Northern Ireland, England, the Netherlands and Bulgaria are described and the impact of these models on improvement of schools and school networks is studied.
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The establishment of new networks for inclusive education has consequences for the role and responsibilities of the Dutch Inspectorate.
England has seen a number of changes over the last couple of years with the aim of establishing a ‘self-improving education system’.
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Area based inspections in Northern-Ireland evaluate the quality of provision or the quality of support services in a geographical area.