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General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland Promoting Teacher Professionalism

Striking the Right Balance Towards a Framework of School Accountability for 21st Century Learning

Response to the NI Assembly Committee for Education Inquiry into the Education and Training Inspectorate and the School Improvement Process.

Striking the Right Balance Towards a Framework of School Accountability for 21st Century Learning


Striking the Right Balance


CONTENTS (aligned to the Inquiry Terms of Reference) Preface Introduction Overview

Summary and Recommendations Elaboration of Evidence

Effectiveness of current approaches 1:

ETI’s current approach to school inspection / improvement


How ETI assesses value added in schools

Key issues for schools 3:

Key issues impacting on schools experiencing difficulties

Gaps 4:

Gaps in the ETI review process


Gaps in the support services provided by DE and ELBs

Alternative approaches and models of good practice 6:

Inspection, value-added and improvement in other jurisdictions

Recommendations 7:

To improve ETI’s approach to the school improvement process


Alternative measures of achievement


Enhanced powers, improved governance and transparency

Conclusion References Appendix Survey of Teacher Perceptions of End of Key Stage Assessment (June 2013)

Striking the Right Balance


Preface This submission to the Northern Ireland Assembly Education Committee Inquiry into the Education and Training Inspectorate and School Improvement, has been developed by the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), in collaboration with the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC). GTCNI is the professional and regulatory body for teachers, which is responsible for maintaining a register of qualified teachers; approving qualifications; promoting the highest standards of professional conduct, practice and professional development; future regulation (pending new legislation); and providing advice to the Department of Education and employing authorities ‘on all matters relating to teaching’. NITC is the teacher union side of the Teachers Negotiating Committee (TNC) and is responsible for negotiating on pay and procedures to regulate conditions of service, as well as advising on educational policy. It has representation from: the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL); the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO); the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT); the National Association of Schoolmasters/ Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT); and the Ulster Teachers’ Union. The submission is also endorsed by The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers Northern Ireland - UCET (NI) - which has representation from St. Mary’s University College, the Open University, Queen’s University, Stranmillis University College and the University of Ulster. UCET (NI) acts in collaboration with the wider UK UCET network as a forum for the discussion of matters relating to the education of teachers and professional educators, with a view to contributing to the formulation of policy in these fields.

Introduction On behalf of the profession GTCNI, NITC and UCET (NI) warmly welcome this important inquiry and commend the Education Committee for initiating it. From the outset we wish to state categorically that as a teaching profession we fully accept that we should be accountable for the effective education of our young people and that robust monitoring and evaluation (both internally and externally) is needed to ensure school accountability and continuous improvement so that young people, parents, politicians and