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Watchdogs or Visionaries?

Perspectives on the History of the Education Inspectorate in Wales

A collection of essays on the history of the education inspectorate in Wales.

Watchdogs or Visionaries? offers diverse perspectives on the history of the education inspectorate in Wales. Drawing on new interviews and archival research, these essays survey the 1839 origins of the “England and Wales” inspectorate through its independently Welsh iteration today. With special attention to expanding roles for women, contributors discuss reasons for and methods of inspection throughout history and the impact of findings on both curriculum and policymaking.

248 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Education: Education--Economics, Law, Politics

History: British and Irish History

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors

Ann Keane

1 The origins and development of the inspectorate in Wales, 1839–1907
Russell Grigg

2 Owen Edwards, the Welsh Department and the curriculum, 1907–25
Ann Keane

3 The inspectorate between 1925 and 1970: responses and reactions
Alun Morgan

4 Inspecting and reporting in a changing educational climate, 1970–92
Roy James

5 Challenge and transition: the inspectorate in Wales, 1992–2020
Barry Norris

6 Women in the inspectorate in Wales
Sian Rhiannon Williams

7 Devolution, education policy and inspection in Wales: a policy analysis
David Egan

8 Inspection in Wales and internationally: some comparisons
Russell Grigg and Ann Keane

The future
Ann Keane

Appendix I
The statutory basis of the inspectorate

Appendix II
List of Wales senior or chief inspectors

Appendix III
List of key milestones

Selected bibliography


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