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School Inspector / Cigire

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Evaluates schools to ensure that standards in teaching, learning, financial management and organisation are being acheived and maintained. 

The Work header image

Works as part of the Inspectorate Team under a lead inspector. Duties typically include:

  • Preparing for inspection visits
  • Observing class lessons
  • Talking with teachers and pupils
  • Recording observations
  • Assessing school organisation
  • Checking pupils’ work
  • Producing reports
  • Delivering feedback
  • Participation in meetings

The Inspectorate is the division of the Department of Education and Skills responsible for the evaluation of primary and post-primary schools and centres for education.

Inspectors also provide advice on a range of educational issues to school communities, policy makers in the Department and to the wider educational system.

All inspectors are experienced teachers. Many have also worked as school principals, deputy principals or as advisors with school support services. Others have experience in curriculum design and the implementation of assessment practices, in school management and in educational research.

What The Inspectorate Does:

  • Provides an assurance of quality and public accountability in the education system
  • Carries out inspections in schools and centres for education
  • Conducts national evaluations
  • Promotes best practice and school improvement by advising teachers, principals and boards of management in schools
  • Publishes inspection reports on individual schools and centres for education
  • Reports on curriculum provision, teaching, learning and assessment generally in the educational system
  • Promotes the Irish language
  • Provides advice to policy makers in the Department of Education and Skills and to the wider educational system. 

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An education inspector will need to have keen observation skills, an ability to make sound, objective judgements, and to be able to give feedback and advice in a sensitive way.

Teamwork skills, IT skills and an ability to work to deadlines, as well as excellent spoken and written communication skills are valuable in this job.

Entry Routesheader image

The Department of Education and Skills is responsible for the Education Inspectorate in the Republic of Ireland.

Inspectors are typically former teachers with significant experience in the school system.

Entry to the Inspectorate is by open competition via

Last Updated: July, 2013

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Organisation: Department of Education and Skills
  Address: Marlborough St, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 889 6400
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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
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