The Inspectorate’s approach (description of our supervisory activities)

Our supervision is based on five principles.

  1. Improving the quality of the education system
  2. The responsibilities of the school governing board
  3. Assuring quality
  4. Promoting quality
  5. Proportionality and customization

We have a framework aimed at the education system as a whole, one for schools and educational institutions and a framework for school governing boards.

Society has a great interest in a well-functioning education system. That is the reason why we are looking at how the system develops. By zooming in on different levels we want to help make education better.

By system-level quality, we mean the degree to which all school governing boards and schools, working with and alongside each other, contribute to achieving the core functions of education for all pupils. Together, they ensure that these core functions of education – qualification, socialization and allocation, including selection and equal opportunities – are fulfilled successfully and in a balanced manner.

The boards play a central role in our supervision. They are responsible for the quality of education and managing the financing of their schools and institutions. It is their duty to monitor whether their schools and institutions are doing well and to promote quality improvement.

We digitally analyze all schools every year, and when we detect major risks we visit schools and institutions ourselves. We can also carry out inspections of potentially Good schools or Excellent schools if the governing bodies apply for this.