Back in 1997, the subject of NALDIC’s second Working Paper was OFSTED inspections and EAL. This working paper was written in response to the OFSTED Framework for the Inspection of Schools (1995) and offered guidelines for inspectors and support for EAL staff in schools preparing for an inspection. We return to this subject in this edition of the NALDIC Quarterly.
In the intervening ten years, the inspection process has changed a great deal. In this issue, we look back at the past, discuss present circumstances and make proposals for the future inspection of schools. In her article, Nicola Davies brings us up to date with the current inspection protocols and procedures and what staff can expect from an inspection. In my own piece, I provide an overview of inspection reports for schools in a large shire authority. For some time concerns have been expressed that there can often be scant or limited reference within OFSTED reports to the provision for EAL learners especially where small numbers exist. This is discussed with reference to an analysis of over 100 inspection reports. We welcome back Liz Statham, one of the contributors to the original working paper. Liz traces some of the changes that have taken place as well as offering some notions of what may happen in the future.
Editorial (page 2)
View from the Chair (page 3)
Policy, Practice and Research EAL and Inspections (page 4)
Overview of OFSTED Inspection Reports: Inspecting Race Equality in a Large Shire Authority (page 7)
OFSTED Inspections – 10 years on (page 12)
Inspecting Schools’ Duty to Promote Community Cohesion (page 15)
NALDIC Response to OFSTED consultation (page 18)
NALDIC News (page 21)
Reviews (page 24)
Resources (page 26)
Websites (page 27)