What happens in QIO and EA reviews?

6th June 2008 at 01:00
Posted by Pete Sake. We're due to have a "school review" early next session
Posted by Pete Sake

We're due to have a "school review" early next session. The head has been on a "training" course so he knows what is expected. There's a lead quality information officer and three other QIOs, including an HT from another school coming. For a week they will be monitoring staff, meeting parents, doing classroom observations and writing a final report which will be made available to parents. Is this similar to what happens in other schools?

Posted by carol75

We are having one early next term too. It is to prepare us for our HMIE inspection later in the year.

Posted by Archimedes

Authorities may be different in their approaches. It's always good to have an outsiders' view on how your school is doing, provided that view is expressed in realistic and practically useful terms. In primary schools I know, the review process has been more rigorous than an HMIE. The stress it put on staff, particularly SMT, had a deflating effect and was far from useful.

Posted by Pete Sake

The school "review" in this instance is simply a part of my authority's overly-zealous approach to "improvement". I've been through one and it takes much, if not more, preparation than an HMIE inspection. Stressful - yes; bureaucratic - yes; helpful - not that I've seen.

Posted by CanuckGrrl

With all the inspecting and evaluating to which Scotland's schools and teachers are subjected, why is this not the best education system in the world, and why are Scottish pupils not at the top of every league table on the planet? GASP! Could it be that this inspecting is counter-productive? And most serves no valid educational purpose? To borrow a quip from Ian Hislop, you don't fatten a pig by weighing it over and over and over again.

Posted by ScotSEN

Like your thinking, CanuckGrrl. We had an education officer visit before our inspection. While some of the comments were valid, some were garbage. The comments she made were to the HT and the class teachers were given no opportunity to explain why we were doing things a certain way. What annoys me is that some of the EOs I met on supply were HTs and they were pants then - things have changed little.

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