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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

Pre-Inspection Preparations and School Development
Pre-inspection preparations and school development

In the current drive towards school improvement and the raising of standards, inspection is seen as a crucial element in the national strategy. However, the ground is shifting and the sense in which inspection is believed to be important has been subject to change. This is certainly true of the ‘pre-inspection preparation period’ which, it could be argued, was initially intended to act as a catalyst for development by prompting schools to identify their weaknesses and bring about improvements in readiness for the inspectors' arrival. Periods of notice of a year or more were quite often reported in our primary and secondary school surveys that were conducted between 1994 and 1998. These lengthy notice periods were ...

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