ERIC Number: ED455317
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Inspecting Schools for Race Equality: OFSTED's Strengths and Weaknesses. Executive Summary of a Report for the Commission for Racial Equality.
Osler, Audrey; Morrison, Marlene
This booklet summarizes a report that evaluated how the United Kingdom's Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) was fulfilling its responsibility to monitor the ways in which schools were addressing and preventing racism and promoting racial equality. The research occurred between August 1999 and April 2000, during which time OFSTED introduced a new inspection framework. This research considers the new framework's potential to report on racial equality. It also discusses processes of inspection under the previous framework. By analyzing 60 inspection reports and documents from 30 local education authorities and interviewing key stakeholders, the study revealed how, even when there is compelling evidence of a school's problems with racial inequality, issues concerning ethnic differences in attainment and exclusion rates, racial harassment, and support for students who have English as a second language are rarely reported to teachers, parents, and administrators. The report explains how both past and present frameworks, although apparently robust, frequently fail to deliver on racial equality. Principals and district administrators in three contrasting local authorities suggest ways in which the school inspection process might be improved so as to contribute effectively to the realization of racial justice. (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Limited English Speaking, Principals, Program Evaluation, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners; Researchers; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Commission for Racial Equality, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom