School inspection: a case study of the pressures on independent registered inspectors working at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
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Individual interviews were conducted with five Independent Registered Inspectors (RGIs) working at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. The interviews were primarily to find the pressures or stress placed on RGIs during the inspection process. The aspect of stress generated on teachers by inspection has been the focus of research in the past, notably by Brimblecombe, Ormston and Shaw (1995); however, little or no research has been made into stress factors appertaining to inspectors. The research attempts to address this and focuses on the fairness of the school inspection system; school improvement; working in partnership and related stress factors from the perspective of the RGI. The research attempts to investigate inspector stress and examine what caused it; how inspectors manage it; how stress is manifested; what effect does it have on the inspection process and the inspectors themselves. From the analysis, several interesting issues have emerged, namely, the volume of inspections undertaken; the variation between teams in the style adopted during inspections; the constraint of time in completing inspections; the need for a partnership approach between schools and inspectors and the stress placed on inspectors families during the inspection process.
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