The Code of Conduct relates to the inspection process and is also included in the Inspection Framework, ‘Successful Schools and Achieving Students 2'.
Inspectors must not only arrive at fair and accurate judgments about schools, but they must also do so in the right way.
Any assessment of professional competence can cause anxiety, and inspection is no exception to this. Inspectors will treat all the people they encounter as part of the inspection process with interest, courtesy, and respect. The right of entry into schools is a privilege.
Inspectors will uphold the highest professional standards in their work. They will ensure that all members of staff are treated fairly and that schools benefit from the experience of inspection. The process will be transparent and carried out openly, with the outcomes clearly communicated to all parties.
School Inspectors are expected to:
Effective inspections are those that schools regard as fair, rigorous, and helpful. If school administrators and staff respect and value the quality of inspections they will be more likely to accept and make use of the findings to help them improve.
All inspectors must see themselves as ambassadors representing OES’s professionalism and desire to show respect for the local community. Women’s attire for work should be conservative.
Men’s attire at work should include smart suit trousers, business shirts (short- or long-sleeved when the weather permits) with a tie. Jackets should be worn when the weather permits, and although they do not have to be worn throughout the day, they should be available in school should an occasion arise where more formality is required.
Expectations of providers
Our expectations apply to all education institutions. In order to establish and maintain a positive working relationship, we expect providers to:
Any concerns regarding the conduct of inspectors should be directed to the Lead Inspector in the first instance.
If the issue is judged to be minor, then the Lead Inspector will speak to the relevant inspector to find an immediate resolution. In more serious cases, whether the concern is raised by the school or another member of the inspection team, the matter should be escalated to the Director of OES for consideration and action.
Concerns regarding the conduct of the Lead Inspector should be directed to any permanent member of the OES team as soon as possible.