Education Scotland inspections and improvement activity will reach every school, every year, Interim Chief Inspector Graeme Logan announced today (Tuesday), as he revealed a new approach to scrutiny and improvement, including an increase of one-third in the number of annual inspections.
The new suite of interventions will see more involvement from ‘Associate Assessors’ - practising principal teachers, depute headteachers or headteachers – and Education Scotland deploying most of its education staff to work with frontline leaders and practitioners.
This new suite of interventions will better support parents, teachers and headteachers and includes:
This new suite of improvement approaches is in addition to our recent announcement to undertake inspections of nine local authorities over the coming year. From April 2018, we will set out and publish our annual programme of inspection activity across different sectors of education.
We will consult on our new corporate plan before the end of the year. This will outline a bold and clear new purpose and streamlined priorities for the agency. We will use a range of ways of engaging on this, including social media. Our Chief Inspector will speak directly with headteachers about this, signalling a fresh new way of involving leaders and practitioners in our work. Key priorities will continue to be our contribution to the Scottish Attainment Challenge and National Improvement Framework.
Karen Reid, Interim Chief Executive of Education Scotland said: 'Increasing school inspections signals the first step in a radical new way Education Scotland will work to support and drive improvement in schools. We will strengthen our inspection function, but also work more with parents, teachers and schools to help raise standards.
'Robust inspections are a powerful tool to support improvement and ensure every young person gets the best possible education. They provide assurance about what is working well, but also evidence what improvement is needed where.'
Graeme Logan, Interim Chief Inspector of Education added: 'For us to achieve our national endeavour of excellence and equity, we need the new Education Scotland to be supporting teachers and driving improvement in education for all learners across Scotland.'
Graeme Logan added: 'Education Scotland is a partnership of people who believe passionately in the power of education to change lives. As well as our core staff team, we have 200 associates in all parts of Scotland – experienced teachers and practitioners who work with us directly.
'We want to extend this further so that there is a current practitioner on every inspection team to share practice more effectively.'
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