On the 17th and 18th September, in Glasgow, the SICI Executive and Education Scotland promoted a workshop on The impact of inspection on school improvement, the quality of teaching and the performance of children.
Several member states were present: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Northern Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, England, Scotland, Wales, Ukraine. The Regional Inspectorate of Education in Madeira was represented by its leaders.
On the first day, the works started with the introduction and welcome from Ms Chantal Manes, SICI president, followed by two communications, two perspectives, about the Scottish model of education. This first stage of the workshop was concluded with a round table panel discussion on:
-How the impact of inspection is registered, including feedback, on school organisation;
-How inspection practices can lead to school improvement;
-how inspection shares good practices of schools in the perspective of promoting improvement.
The Chief Inspector of the regional inspectorate of education in Madeira talked about the regional specificities.
The second day started with an opening session led by local authority strategic leaders on their education improvement work and partnership with the Inspectorate at Education Scotland. This session was followed by the contribution from four schools, sharing their experiences of participating in the Scottish inspection model.
In the afternoon there was a round table discussion led by international inspectors from Ireland, Malta and The Netherlands, on how inspection impacts on school improvement, the quality of teaching and the performance of children, in their countries.
The workshop ended with a table discussion on the role of SICI and inspectorates moving forwards, in continuing to ensure that inspection impacts significantly and positively on school improvement, the quality of teaching and the performance of children.