Inspection: ‘there’s a rush to get everything shipshape’

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Having been inspected by both Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in England, I found the recent inspection of my school in Scotland fascinating.

You see, the structure and processes adopted by the inspectorates on both sides of the border are quite different. Of course, everyone wants the same outcome: inspectors to judge the strengths and weaknesses of the school, and heads to be able to demonstrate the best practice being delivered by teaching and support staff.

The criteria are clear in both England and Scotland. The process of self-evaluation is also similar, as is the ...

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