This book looks at the relationship between school inspection and school improvement. The authors show how heads have used inspectors' reports to put in place real school improvement. They deal with the contexts of inspection and comparisons are made with the Australian experience of school self-review. The book focuses on how schools have developed a culture of self-inspection. The authors consider the system of OfSTED inspections and ask how beneficial inspection has been in encouraging schools to develop and improve. They suggest there is need for a change and that there are alternative approaches to school assessment and improvement, which could be more effective. They argue that the school's own evaluation processes sh
Chapter 10: Assisted School Self-Review in Victoria, Australia
Assisted School Self-Review in Victoria, Australia
This chapter examines the potential of assisted self-review as an aid to school improvement. There is a particular focus on the value of comparative data on school processes and outcomes as a contribution to the review process.
There have been some moves over recent years by LEAs and by OfSTED to provide schools with data sets from other comparable schools. These have generally consisted of data which were collected for other purposes but which schools might find useful. There has been little activity in collecting specific new data on either process or outcomes.
The school review process in Victoria, Australia, involves the collection of data about the curriculum and student performance, staff opinions, parental views and, ...