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Governing By inspection: insights from international studies

Friday, 28 March 2014, 10:00 - 15:15

The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
Location: Christodoulou Meeting Rooms, Room 15
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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. We hope you will join us in what promises to be an interesting and engaging day.


10:00-10:30  Registration and coffee

10:30-10:40  Welcome and introductions-Dr Jacqueline Baxter- Convenor

10:30-11:15  Dr Melanie Ehren - The Institute of Education: The Impact of School Inspections on Improvement of Schools

11:15-12:30  Professor John Clarke - The Open University UK: The Uncertainty Principle: governing schooling through inspection.

12:30-13:15  Lunch

13:15-14:00  Dr Andrew Wilkins - The University of Roehampton: The Shadow of Inspection: School Governance, Accountability and Governing Practices

14:00-14:15  Coffee

14:15-15:00  Dr Jacqueline Baxter - The Open University UK: Working knowledge: shifting criteria in inspection

15:00-15:15  Summary and Close


To register please click on Register link below, please note that there are only a few places available and will be given on a first come first served basis. If you have any queries please e-mail