Fewer schools ‘fully co-operating’ with inspections

Fewer than four in 10 schools have co-operated fully with inspections over the past two years. That is according to the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) chief inspector’s report, which has just been published. The BBC reports.

The chief inspector, Noelle Buick, called the disruption, due to ongoing teaching union action, “unacceptable”.

Her biennial report covers the period 2016 to 2018 and 706 schools were inspected.

Ms Buick said that of 706 schools inspected in that period, 39% had fully co-operated with inspectors.

Thirty-one percent had partially co-operated, while 30% offered no co-operation.

“It is unacceptable for this disruption to continue unresolved. We are all entrusted with the care and education of our children and young people and have a responsibility to put them first above all else.”

Four of the five teaching unions have been refusing to take part in school inspections since early 2017 in a dispute over pay and workload.

The ETI report said that primary school inspections had been particularly affected by the action.

“The past two years have been a period of unprecedented challenge for our education and training system,” she said.

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