Government-run schools in Jersey will be independently inspected.

Starting this term, all primary and secondary schools will be assessed every three years.

The inspections will assess the standard of teaching, pupils’ behaviour and development and the effectiveness of leadership as well as making sure students are in a safe environment.

The findings will then be published within 19 days of the end of the review.

Inspections will be carried out by an independent lead reviewer and an advisor from Jersey’s Education department, along with two or more senior school leaders already working in Jersey schools.

The reviews will involve speaking with pupils and parents, surveying staff staff, observing lessons and reviewing school data.

Schools will be told four days in advance when a review is going to take place and parents will be given a questionnaire to propose areas for the reviewer to follow up.

Schools have always had support and challenge from the Department; and some have, in the past, commissioned external reviews. Introducing the Jersey Schools Review Framework will ensure all schools experience the same robust and transparent assessment of their work.

Parents and carers will be able to read report findings reflecting both the excellent work going on in our classrooms and the ways in which our schools can improve and be even better.

This reflects our commitment to raising standards and achievement through the progression of our pupils and supporting the valuable work of our staff.

– SENATOR TRACEY VALLOIS, MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

The inspections follows a successful pilot which started in 2016, which was independently evaluated by a leading UK academic.

Reports will be published on the Jersey Schools Review Framework webpage.