Changes to inspection arrangements from September 2017 – an update
News from Estyn
Education in Wales is changing. The Welsh Government is updating the curriculum and introducing a digital competence framework. We want to ensure that inspections remain fit for purpose and that they are proportionate, flexible, streamlined and cost effective.
From September 2017:
- the notice period for inspections will be reduced to 15 days
- inspections will typically take 4 days rather than 5
- they will focus on 5 inspection areas:
– 1. standards;
– 2. wellbeing and attitudes to learning;
– 3. teaching and learning experiences;
– 4. care, support and guidance; and
– 5. leadership
- they will also focus on a thematic area – which will help inform our thematic reports, the Chief Inspector’s Annual report and advice to Welsh Government.
- the current 4-point judgement scale will stay but its wording will be amended to focus on actions to be taken to support improvement
- providers in follow-up will get more flexible support to help them make positive changes faster
local authority monitoring for providers in follow-up will cease and no providers will be placed in this category from September 2016 onwards.