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School Inspection Reports

Since early 2006, school inspection reports, such as Whole School Inspections (WSE) and Subject Inspections,(SI) are published on the Department of Education and Science’s website at regular intervals during the school year. The reports are linked to from the indivdual school profile pages on

What are Whole School Evaluations?

Whole School Evaluation reports comment on the school’s management, planning and management of resources, the effectiveness of teaching and learning, its arrangements for student assessment, supports for students, provision for minority groups and home-school links. Depending on the size of the school an inspector or team of inspectors visit the school for a period of time to evaluate management and planning, teaching and learning and supports for pupils.

Following this evaluation phase of WSE, Inspectors discuss the findings and recommendations with school management and members of teaching staff. This is followed by a period for factual verification of the report and a timescale is built into the process for the school to respond to the WSE report. At the end of this process the WSE is published on the Department’s website.

What are Subject Inspections

Subject Inspection reports evaluate the teaching and learning of specific subjects in second-level schools.

A number of subjects can be inspected as part of a WSE or a school can have a ‘stand alone’ subject inspection.

You can link to the Inspector Reports available for any primary or secondary school by visiting the individuals school's profile page on our website.