69. Memorandum from HM Inspectorate
for Education and Training in Wales (ESTYN)
Please find below our responses to the questions
circulated. Responses are cross-referenced to the seven survey
1. Estyn's inspection frameworks do not
make explicit reference to human rights in their evaluation criteria,
though there are sections of the frameworks that address some
of the key rights and freedoms, particularly those that involve
entitlement to education, freedom from discrimination, respect
for diversity and equality of opportunity.
2. Only in the sense outlined above.
3. Depending on the phase and type of education
and training being inspected, inspectors are guided by our inspection
frameworks to take account of:
Extent of educational entitlement
to a broad and balanced curriculum, including access to extra-curricular
The promotion of pupils' well-being,
health and safety
Child protection procedures
The care, support and guidance provided
Policies and practice with regard
to ensuring equality of opportunity for all learners, regardless
of "age, ability, ethnicity and gender"
The promotion of racial equality
The elimination of bullying, racism
and other forms of discrimination
Effectiveness of arrangements for
personal and social education.
4. Not by explicit reference to human rights.
Aspects of the above are monitored through our inspection databases
and periodically through specialist surveys.
5. Estyn offers full feedback to organisations
inspected in which attention on any matters of concern, including
those listed above would be drawn to the provider's attention.
Written reports include lists of recommendations for future action.
6. Inspectors are guided to be proactive
where they have evidence that improvements are required. Inspectors
in different phases have ongoing responsibilities for individual
providers or for particular local education authorities. Periodically,
it is quite likely that discussions will focus on progress made
by providers in developing and implementing policies on the full
range of equal opportunity issues and matters related to learners'
safety, welfare, curriculum entitlement and support.
7. Estyn has established a working group
to look at all aspects of relevant legislation, including data
protection, freedom of information, diversity and human rights.
We are at the stage of developing policies and schemes to apply
internally, as well as revising our inspection frameworks and
guidance for the future cycles of education and training inspections
in Wales. We intend to make appropriate reference to human rights
in our future guidance.
20 May 2002