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ERIC Number: ED423596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Ensuring and Maintaining Quality in Schools through Central Regulation: Some Lessons from England and Wales.
Lee, John; Fitz, John
One way to ensure the quality of education in schools in the developed countries of the West is through the use of national school inspections; an analysis of the inspection system used in England and Wales is offered here. The 1992 Education Act instituted a radically different mode of inspection in England and Wales. The act gave contracts to private teams to analyze schools and to report on the health of the system. The law called for the inspection of all schools, using a 4-year cycle. Since Registered Inspectors have a linchpin role in making the system work, an analysis of their activities is presented in depth. The responsibilities of the inspectors are carefully detailed, along with some of the problems that they have encountered, such as their exclusion from the field in which pedagogical prescriptions and regulations are defined. The system can be improved by addressing the criticism that it is self- evaluation rather than external evaluation that motivates change in teachers and school organizations. This criticism is answered by claiming that inspectors offer schools a framework that is valid and reliable and against which schools can evaluate themselves. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)