Changing school board governance in primary education through school inspections

Melanie C.M. Ehren*, M. E. Honingh, E. H. Hooge, J. O’Hara

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This paper addresses if, and to what extent, the current working methods of the Dutch Inspectorate of Education affect the governance of school boards in schools for primary education. A key facet of the working method is the inspection meeting with the school board. Drawing upon a large quantitative study (n = 244) we are able to identify some changes in school board governance due to these inspection meetings. School boards that had an inspection meeting indicate changes in their governance of quality assurance and data use, and in the amount of data that they collect on the functioning of their schools. School boards indicate very small amounts of activities with regard to the curriculum and instruction in their schools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-223
Number of pages19
JournalEducational Management Administration and Leadership
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Dutch Inspectorate
  • education
  • governance
  • school boards


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