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In Brief...

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

Knowledge

  • Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills

  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

In Summary - School Inspector / Cigire

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The Work - School Inspector / Cigire

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. 

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Enforce discipline and attendance rules.
  • Confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities, policies, and student behavioral or learning problems.
  • Observe teaching methods and examine learning materials to evaluate and standardize curricula and teaching techniques, and to determine areas where improvement is needed.
  • Collaborate with teachers to develop and maintain curriculum standards, develop mission statements, and set performance goals and objectives.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate primary and supplemental staff.
  • Evaluate curricula, teaching methods, and programs to determine their effectiveness, efficiency, and utilization, and to ensure that school activities comply with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Counsel and provide guidance to students regarding personal, academic, vocational, or behavioral issues.
  • Establish, coordinate, and oversee particular programs across school districts, such as programs to evaluate student academic achievement.
  • Set educational standards and goals, and help establish policies and procedures to carry them out.
  • Plan and lead professional development activities for teachers, administrators, and support staff.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Developing and Building Teams Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Interests - School Inspector / Cigire

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Enterprising

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Qualities

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 Requirements - School Inspector / Cigire

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 publicjobs.ie.

Last Updated: July, 2013

Pay & Salary - School Inspector / Cigire

Labour Market Updates - School Inspector / Cigire

No shortages have been identified for this occupation.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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