CAREER DEVELOPMENT / APR. 26, 2014
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How to Become an Education Inspector

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Education inspectors are mostly teachers with significant experience. They are entrusted with the significant responsibility of ensuring that quality education is being imparted in all places of learning, from schools to adult learning centers.

If you have ever dreamt of taking education to a different level and like to travel to different educational places, this could then be an apt career choice for you.

Pre-requisites

If you wish to become an education inspector, it is vital that you demonstrate the following:

  • an academic or a professional degree in a field related to education
  • substantial work experience in education industry
  • effective management skills
  • keen observation and interviewing skills
  • sound computer knowledge
  • data interpretation skills
  • analytical and logical skills
  • teamwork 
  • excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • be able to meet deadlines
  • highly Professional attitude

Education

To be become an education inspector, you need to have a degree in a relevant subject related to education, or an equivalent professional education. If working in UK, you also need to have Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau) clearance.

Tasks

As an education inspector, you get to work in a team under a lead inspector. The primary job of an education inspector is to ensure that specific education standards are achieved and maintained in various educational institutes. Your job profile of an education inspector includes performing the following tasks:

  • reading pre-inspection briefings
  • inspecting various education services
  • observing teaching sessions
  • interacting with teachers and students
  • making objective and fair observations
  • recording observations
  • producing well written and accurate reports
  • contributing in team meetings by providing relevant and up to date information
  • providing proper and relavant feedback to schools, colleges or other educational organisations

Employment in United Kingdom

Education services in England are inspected by Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills). For work, you can either be employed directly by Ofsted as Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI), or work on contract to Ofsted as an additional inspector. In Wales you get employed by Estyn.

Work life

A job profile of an education inspector includes variable working hours especially at the time of inspections. Inspections generally involve a lot of time and patience. Your work includes a lot of travel to various educational and training organisations. You are expected to regularly attend training workshops, seminars and conferences to keep yourself abreast of latest happenings in the educational sector.

Pay Scale

According to the National Career Service, HMIs earn from around £48,500 to around £61,000 a year. Additional inspectors often receive a daily fee.

While you choose to become an education inspector, you must remember that you need to be highly competent and very well trained to be able to use all the educational frameworks in a proper manner. The job of an education inspector demands that all the employees are credible, fair and rational in the work they do. Their work is deemed as a catalyst for improvement across all the spheres of education and also to improve the quality of educational services.

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