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Strange Polish school inspection regime


Varsovian 92 | 634
31 Oct 2012  #1
School inspections naturally check the legal, social and teaching aspects of schools. That holds true anywhere ... or so you would think.

In Poland the school inspector, when in the classroom, doesn't get to see the lesson plan, doesn't comment on the quality of the teaching/learning experience and doesn't lower herself to de-briefing the teacher on how she viewed the lesson. Instead, the inspector concentrates overwhelmingly on the degree of student engagement and interaction with the teacher. Not unimportant matters obviously, but not as important as: Did the students learn anything in the lesson, and if so what?

Strange how this key element in the inspection regime - quality of teaching - is ducked entirely by the schools inspectorate.

One big difference with UK school inspections are the interviews with parents and children. I'm looking forward to seeing how this will pan out in the inspection in my local primary and middle school. Could be funny if they get the "wrong" individuals!
Magdalena 3 | 1,837
31 Oct 2012  #2
By inspection do you mean a wizytacja or hospitacja? Two different kettles of fish they are.
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
31 Oct 2012  #3
Not unimportant matters obviously, but not as important as: Did the students learn anything in the lesson, and if so what?

I understand what you are talking about. At the private school last year ( I don't work there any more) I was inspected by a similar person, who happened to be a member of the stuff (metodyk). Such methods are outdated and they contribute nothing to improving the learning process. From what I understand, such inspectors are there to make sure the teacher has a whip. I am not fond of such methods, so I am no longer working there. The funniest comment I heard was: is that how you pronounce that word in Canada? lol I don't have to mention that she was not interested if students learnt anything.

Oh,besides. It is a good job post;).


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