Professor Chris Chapman, Director of Policy Scotland, takes on the 2021 presidency of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement today.
Policy Scotland and the Network for Social and Educational Equity (NSEE), convened this ICSEI network focusing on how educational systems respond to significant crises and how the crises impact on education systems, learning, health and wellbeing of practitioners, children, young people and their families.
Initial network activity focuses on the response to and impact of COVID-19. The role and purpose of the Crisis Response in Education Network is to stimulate research and curate knowledge, expertise and emerging practice around educational system responses to crises with the aim of mitigating educational inequity and promoting educational equity within these situations.
Given the current context, this network focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic with the expectation to support coordinate global responses that promote the effectiveness and improvement of learning, health and wellbeing of practitioners, children, young people and their families.
This paper presents the findings from a webinar with Inspectorates of Education from 8 countries, discussing the question: Do we need to redefine practices for school inspections in response to the pandemic?
The second paper from ICSEI Crisis Response in Education Network focuses on priorities for inspection as school systems resume but under a variety of operational scenarios.
As regular school inspections have stopped in many countries, and its not ‘business as usual’, this paper asks should we ‘inspect’ schools, and if so, for what purpose?
Policy Scotland and the Network for Social and Educational Equity are convening a new international network focussing on Crisis Response in Education.