AN INSPECTION OF THE SCHOOLS SECTOR FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
By Saxton Bampfylde
We live in a world today where regulation and compliance are very much part of the everyday language and function of most sectors. Many, if not all, understand that it is part of the very fabric of their day to day operation. Despite some protestations about too much ‘red tape’, there is recognition (for the most part) that this increased focus on regulation is ultimately there to protect, enhance and ensure quality across the board.
However, to embrace regulation or compliance and work effectively with it is not just about accepting it as a given or a tick box exercise. The true benefits and importance are recognised in the opportunity it brings – the ability to review, analyse and assess in a clearer and more defined way.
Christine Ryan knows more about this than most. As Chief Inspector of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for the past 11 years, she has seen a major shift in the sector and believes that this has ultimately brought a positive outcome for teachers, pupils, parents and governors alike. In our latest edition of CANVAS, we talk to her in depth about her time at the ISI and how she believes the sector has, will and must evolve.
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