A report on the response to the consultation on how Estyn inspects education and training in Wales

Summary

During autumn 2015, Estyn conducted a nationwide, public consultation on the future inspection arrangements of education and training providers in Wales.  This consultation took three forms: an online survey, meetings with key stakeholders and a research project with hard to reach groups.  The results will be used to help inform proposals for future inspection arrangements, which will commence in September 2017.

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Our national stakeholder conference took place in early 2016.  We shared the consultation findings and our emerging thoughts about the shape of future inspections. These included:

  • Common but slimmer core inspection with a broadly representative annual sample
  • Reduce the notice period
  • Keep peer inspectors and nominees and review the role of lay inspectors
  • Keep parent and learner questionnaires and introduce staff/governor questionnaires
  • Six possible areas of focus: standards of achievement; teaching and learning experiences; attitudes to learning; care support and guidance; leadership and management; current thematic area.
  • Keep a four judgement scale, but amend descriptors, particularly for ‘Excellent’ and ‘Adequate’.
  • Remove ‘local authority’ monitoring from our follow-up categories and develop more flexible and supportive approaches to providers in follow-up.