Information about school inspection for children and parents
The right of children to participate in decisions on all matters affecting them is clear in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). Article 12 relates to the child’s right to express their views freely and to have their views given due weight. As inspection is a matter affecting children, the Inspectorate acknowledges that children are entitled to have their views sought, listened to and taken into account during inspection.
During inspections, inspectors talk with pupils and parents. To help them to understand what an inspection is, and to interact confidently with inspectors, the Inspectorate has put together some resources, which were informed by consultation with pupils and parents. These resources are available here and include:
- A leaflet and an animated video for pupils about inspection
- A leaflet for parents about inspection
- A video for pupils about the use of pupil focus groups during inspection
- Informational videos for parents about inspection
- A webinar for educators, Promoting the participation of children and young people in inspection: Information for educators (2023), about the Inspectorate’s approach to strengthening the participation of children and young people in inspection.
Further information is available at the following link: