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ERIC Number: ED543010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7053-1169-4
Learning Together: Lessons about School Improvement--An HMIE Report on How Schools Get Better. Second Edition
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
Follow-through visits are a well-established part of the process of HMIE inspection of schools. Since 2003 HMIE staff and faculty have revised the arrangements for follow-through to achieve an increasingly proportionate approach. From then, their engagement with a school following inspection has been directly related to the school's overall performance and its capacity for improvement. This proportionate approach allows their resources to be targeted on direct involvement where it is most needed and can have most impact. They carry out follow-through visits to schools around two years after the original inspection. In some cases they carried out interim follow-through inspection visits within one year. This report is mainly based on an analysis of the progress found in over 300 HMIE follow-through inspections on which reports were published between 2005 and 2008. The work was undertaken in schools in which they had previously identified important or major weaknesses in key aspects. In those follow-through inspections the staff found much evidence of improvement and were able in most cases to disengage from further inspection activity in connection with the original inspection. This report identifies the key factors which led to improvement. It also draws on evidence from other HMIE tasks which identified successful approaches to school improvement. The staff think that the key improvement factors which they have identified are relevant and applicable to all schools. They therefore believe that education authorities will be able to use the advice as they work to improve their schools, sustaining high performance and helping good schools to become even better and to demonstrate all the features which are required for Curriculum for Excellence. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education. Denholm House Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way, Livingston, EH54 6GA, UK. Tel: +44-014-1282-5000; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) (Scotland)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)