The ETI Twitter account highlights news and key messages about inspection.
A series of Tweets in December (www.twitter.com/eti_news) with the message ‘Inspection matters’ highlights facts about the inspection process.
The ETI acknowledges that this protracted period of industrial action is challenging for all working in the landscape of action short of strike. The ETI respects the right of any individual to take legitimate industrial action. Schools are required to be open at all reasonable times to inspection.
Article 102 of the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 requires: schools to be open at all reasonable times to inspection; and inspectors to monitor, inspect and report on the standard of education and the standards of professional practice among teachers.
Since January 2017, ETI has kept its approach towards inspections impacted by action short of strike under review; the current approach remains the same as last academic year. https://www.etini.gov.uk/news/action-short-strike
Inspections are carried out in order to fulfil the statutory duties and functions contained in Article 102 of the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 not to break industrial action.
The ETI has respected, and will continue to respect, the right of any individual to take legitimate industrial action. Children and young people are at the heart of our work.
The ETI has no remit in teachers’ pay negotiations.
The ETI is not planning ‘more invasive’ inspections. Any changes to ETI’s approach towards inspections impacted by action short of strike would continue to respect the right of any individual to take legitimate industrial action while focusing on a ‘business as usual’ approach.
While inspection is always subject to ongoing review, there are no plans to change the current models of inspection introduced in January 2017 https://www.etini.gov.uk/publications/type/supportmaterial
When action short of strike ends, there will be no increase in the number of inspections carried out by ETI. The number of inspections will be similar to those undertaken in previous academic years. https://www.etini.gov.uk/publications/annual-business-report
The ETI are working constructively and proactively to consider how information can be clarified and documentation reduced for inspection.
The ETI Complaints Procedure: when action short of strike ends, ETI is ready and willing to progress changes to its complaints procedure; this will include an independent element at Stage 2 of the process https://www.etini.gov.uk/complaints-procedure
The ETI Tweets links to inspection reports as they are published. This provides parents, teachers, governors and the wider school community with ease of access to the published inspection report.
Further information about the ETI parent questionnaire can be found here.
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