School inspection is employed in a number of countries as a means by which to govern increasingly complex education systems. Despite a tenuous link between inspection and school improvement, it remains a key driver in the shaping and implementation of education policy, as well as taking a central role in the politics of educational change.
This seminar drew on three national and international research projects in order to examine perspectives on school inspection in Europe. The first project: Governing by Inspection investigates inspection as a governing practice in England, Scotland and Sweden; the second, explores the relationship between school improvement and inspection in six countries, and the third investigates accountabilities in inspection. You will find the slides and recording of the talks on the link above
10:00-10:30 Registration and coffee
10:30-10:40 Welcome and introductions-Dr Jacqueline Baxter- Convenor
10:30-11:15 Dr Melanie Ehren – The Institute of Education: The Impact of School Inspections on Improvement of Schools
11:15-12:30 Professor John Clarke – The Open University UK: The Uncertainty Principle: governing schooling through inspection.
13:15-14:00 Dr Andrew Wilkins – The University of Roehampton: The Shadow of Inspection: School Governance, Accountability and Governing Practices
14:15-15:00 Dr Jacqueline Baxter – The Open University UK: Working knowledge: shifting criteria in inspection
15:00-15:15 Summary and Close