SICI Webinar History of school inspection and evaluation

With special focus on Excellence in education; A historical perspective What do we mean by excellence in schools? Who determines or decides on that? TEAMS, 3 February 2022 (14.00 – 15.30 CET) PRESENTATION BY ADRIAN GRAY

SICI is glad to invite members to a webinar on the history of school inspection and evaluation. The webinar will be held over Teams.


Adrian Gray - author of the book ‘European school inspection and evaluation’- will present a historical overview of the development of educational inspectorates in Europe. He will mainly zoom in on a part of this year's SICI theme (Contribution of inspection to equity and excellence), namely excellence in education. Adrian will show us what has been understood by excellence in education in recent centuries and who mainly determined this. 


This interesting presentation not only gives a wonderful look at the history of education and of our work, but it certainly also leads to reflection on the SICI-subject we are working on this year:

‘Contribution of inspection to equity and excellence’



14.00   Welcome and opening remarks

14.05   Presentation by Adrian Gray Part 1
             History of school inspection and evaluation. Historical perspective on Excellence in education

14.45   Break

14.55   Presentation by Adrian Gray part 2

15.15   Questions and answers

15.30   Thank you and closure


If you would like to participate in this webinar, please complete the registration form in order to receive a link to the Teams webinar.




Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the SICI Secretariat at





*Adrian Gray was formerly an inspector and senior officer with Ofsted and led on various policy and evaluation issues, including international work. He was a member of the SICI Executive Committee for five years. Having retired from Ofsted, he worked with the SICI EC to write a history of school inspection and evaluation to show that this is a long-established and enduring part of many national education systems. He also works as a consultant to schools and authorities in England as well as having an active involvement in writing about history and heritage tourism from his base near Lincoln.