The Herald Scotland is reporting that Scottish schools will be given surprise inspections under plans for a radical shake-up of the way education is monitored.
Under the proposals, which will be piloted from late October, primaries and secondaries will be give as little as two days to prepare for a visit by school inspectors.
Currently, primary schools are given two weeks’ warning ahead of a visit, with secondaries receiving three weeks’ notice.
Inspection body Education Scotland will also pilot “neighbourhood reviews” which will look at a secondary school and its cluster of surrounding primaries and nurseries to give parents an overview of what a pupil will experience as they grow up in a particular community.
These reviews, which will be piloted from 2016, will also examine the way other establishments and services work such as colleges, community learning, voluntary services and careers information.
And as part of the move to look at the wider experience of pupils rather than individual schools in isolation inspectors will examine particular themes such as how well the Curriculum for Excellence has been implemented, or efforts to close the attainment gap between rich and poor…
Would it be wrong to think that, with recent announcements over the introduction of national testing, and now the introduction of inspections with only a couple of days’ notice, the Scottish system is becoming more like the one in England?
What do you make of these proposals and the idea of “neighbourhood reviews” and looking at pupil experiences to give a broader perspective?
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