Accountability and School Inspection: In Defence of Audited Self‐Review

Journal of Philosophy of Education 35 (4):667–681 (2001)
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Accountability involves not only schools answering to society, but parents and governments doing the same. In particular, governments should answer for the appropriateness of the educational aims they seek to promote. Making schools accountable to society through examination results is fundamentally flawed. Teachers must be able to account for how the specifics of their job relate to wider educational and social aims. The best approach to holding schools to account through external inspection is that of ‘audited self review’. The notion of an agency of inspectors who are ‘superior’ to those they inspect is fundamentally inappropriate.



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