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Governing By inspection
insights from international studies

This event took place on 28th March 2014


An event that will examine school inspections across Europe

School inspection is employed in a number of countries as a means by which to govern increasingly complex education systems. Despite a tenuous link between inspection and school improvement, it remains a key driver in the shaping and implementation of education policy, as well as taking a central role in the politics of educational change.

This seminar draws on three national and international research projects in order to examine perspectives on school inspection in Europe. The first project: Governing by Inspection investigates inspection as a governing practice in England, Scotland and Sweden; the second, explores the relationship between school improvement and inspection in  six countries, and the third investigates accountabilities in inspection.


10:30 Welcome and introductions Dr Jacqueline Baxter Convenor

10:30 Dr Melanie Ehren The Institute of Education: The Impact of School Inspections on Improvement of Schools

11:15 Professor John Clarke The Open University UK: The Uncertainty Principle: governing schooling through inspection.

13:15 Dr Andrew Wilkins The University of Roehampton: The Shadow of Inspection: School Governance, Accountability and Governing Practices

14:15 Dr Jacqueline Baxter The Open University UK: Working knowledge: shifting criteria in inspection

15:00 Summary and Close

Select from replays below:

10:00 am Welcome and Introduction
11:15 am Professor John Clarke
1:15 pm Dr Andrew Wilkins
2:15 pm Dr Jacqueline Baxter