Wales Online is reporting that teaching unions have welcomed plans to extend Wales’ school inspection cycle from six to seven years.
If approved, the change would take effect from September 2016 and introduce more flexibility into the planning of inspections and allocation of resources.
Rob Williams, director of policy at the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) Cymru, said the extra year would be “crucial” to the development of Wales’ new national curriculum, due for full roll-out in 2021.
“It will provide the necessary space for schools across Wales to work in the most creative ways, and recognises the need for Estyn to be able to release pressure upon schools within the current inspection cycle,” he said…
Estyn’s chief schools inspector Meilyr Rowlands said: “I welcome the flexibility the proposal to move to a seven year inspection period gives Estyn.
“The extended inspection cycle will allow us to be more responsive to implementing any changes that may result from our recent consultation on inspections.
“Early analysis of the responses show that there is support for a more proportional approach. We also look forward to being fully involved in shaping the new curriculum.”
The unions seem to welcome this – as might be expected – but is a seven year inspection cycle really sufficient?
Seven years makes the time between inspections longer than the number of years a pupil will be likely to spend in the school in the first place.
It would be interesting to know what parents and recruiters make of the proposals.
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