School Inspectors

Policy Implementers, Policy Shapers in National Policy Contexts

  • Jacqueline Baxter

Part of the Accountability and Educational Improvement book series (ACED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Martin Brown, Gerry McNamara, Joe O’Hara, Shivaun O’Brien
    Pages 71-96
  3. M. J. Dobbelaer, D. Godfrey, H. M. B. Franssen
    Pages 97-119
  4. Henry J. Moreton, Mark Boylan, Tim Simkins
    Pages 137-158
  5. Joakim Lindgren, Linda Rönnberg
    Pages 159-181
  6. Herbert Altrichter
    Pages 207-230
  7. Jacqueline Baxter
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This book examines the role of the inspector within the context of a number of OECD member states and explores the ways in which the inspectors themselves interpret, implement and influence inspection practices and policy.

Inspection policy can have various unintended consequences, some of which produce radical discrepancies between the policy intent and its implementation. A number of these discrepancies derive from the way in which the policy is articulated while others derive from the ways in which inspectors interpret and operationalise this policy. This implementation is coloured and conditioned by several factors, including the evidence on which inspectors base their judgements; what counts as evidence in different policy contexts; what counts as valid knowledge in inspection processes; the qualities needed by inspectors working in differing policy contexts and the identities that they adopt in order to successfully carry out their work.

The book provides a valuable contribution to our understanding of the politics and practices which colour and shape the legitimacy and operational execution of inspection policy. The work is unique in its focus on the inspectors’ role within the implementation of the inspection process— an element often overlooked in the literature. It also includes two chapters co-written by inspectors, offering unique insights into their life worlds and identities.


Inspection policy Inspection practices Inspection systems Purpose of school inspection Legitimacy of inspection policy Evaluation of educational quality The role of inspector Policy implementation Inspectorates Public policy Compulsory education Standards in education Education governance Educational accountability

Editors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Department of Public Leadership and Social EnterpriseThe Open University Business School, The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-52535-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-52536-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-3320
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-3339
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