Better Schools

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This series promotes better management in schools and in education systems. It contains studies and practical handbooks that suggest ways for improving the quality of basic education by supporting school principals, inspectors and teachers.
Resource Materials for School Inspectors

Resource Materials for School Inspectors

Module 2: A SelfStudy Guide for Newly Appointed Inspectors You do not have access to this content

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Commonwealth Secretariat
01 Oct 1998
9781848596603 (PDF)

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Effective school inspection and advisory support is essential for quality education. Owing to inadequate professional preparation and a serious lack of field support, many developing countries still use conventional methods of school inspection. This programme has been developed to help schools understand and implement a system where school inspectors are carefully recruited and selected, and above all well trained to perform their functions effectively and in accordance with set norms.

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  • Preface

    Effective school inspection and advisory support is the sine qua non for ensuring quality in education. Owing to inadequate professional preparation and a serious lack of field support, many developing countries still use conventional methods of school inspection. Inspection is often limited to monitoring implementation of the school curriculum and education policies, and rarely are inspection findings used to inform the preparation of staff development strategies and school improvement programmes.

  • Personal Review

    The aim of this unit is to enable new inspectors to reflect on their professional experience and to consider their own professional needs in order to fully develop their role as inspectors.

  • Inspection and Supervision

    As an inspector, you will be involved in the task of inspection and supervision of educational institutions.

  • Instructional Supervision

    Instructional supervision facilitates effective learning. Teachers spend most of their formal engagement time giving instruction to their pupils. Inspectors and other supervisors need to ensure that lessons are delivered as effectively as possible.

  • Report Writing

    Generally, it is considered that the amount of report writing that inspectors do, is an important indicator of their productivity. It is indeed a good measure of the extent to which their expertise is available to schools.

  • Financial Management

    Schools command financial resources that they receive from a variety of sources. It is imperative that these resources are managed effectively and efficiently.

  • Training Programmes

    Many organisations, providers of services and commodities, have invested time and money to improve the productivity of their human resources. This is done largely through training programmes.

  • Guidance and Counselling

    Guidance and counselling are fairly new concepts in education. They are a necessary tool for preventing and solving problems in a complex school community. The complex situation created by interpersonal relationships and the uncertainties of life can more easily be handled when supervisors have the necessary skills.

  • Management of Change

    Nothing is permanent in this world except change. The environment is always changing and consequently organisations keep changing too. Organisations are formed by society to cope with the demands that arise when changes bring about incongruence between society's expectations and reality.

  • Action Research

    One of your roles as an inspector is to bring about change and improvement in the education system, or to support those who are doing so.

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