Random inspections

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) selects a small number of schools each year for a random inspection.

NESA conducts random inspections to monitor compliance with a small subset of requirements in Section 4 of NESA's 'Registration Process for the NSW Government Schooling System Manual' (the registration manual).

NESA conducts random inspections from Term 1 (week 5) to the end of Term 3.

There are 2 separate strands for random inspections - Strand A and Strand B - focussing on NESA's annual priorities in 2020.

Schools will be advised the strand and requirements when they're notified of an upcoming inspection.

Principals must be aware of the relevant requirements for each particular strand so they can provide NESA Inspectors with evidence of compliance.

Random inspection Strand A

Strand A includes a policy area and a curriculum area.

  • Policy area: a safe and supportive environment - child protection.
  • Curriculum area: this will be either:
    • for Primary schools and Secondary schools with Years 7-10 - one stage of mathematics or PDHPE (NESA selected) with a focus on assessment and reporting
    • for Secondary schools with Years 11 and 12 - Stage 6 assessment policies.

Random inspection Strand B

Strand B relates to the quality of student learning.

  • For Primary schools: 2 stages of HSIE (NESA selected)
  • For Secondary schools with Years 7-10 - Stage 4 Technology Mandatory and one Stage 5 Technologies elective (NESA selected)
  • For Secondary schools with Years 11-12 - Stage 6 Mathematics.

Schools will be advised at the time of notification which stage(s) will be inspected.

What can schools expect?

During a random inspection:

  • schools are expected to provide a sample of current materials identified in the Evidence of Compliance sections from the registration manual (see link in Learn more box)
  • if the NESA inspectors require more information or identify compliance concerns about the subset of Section 4 requirements, additional evidence may be requested.

See the following 'Learn more' for a typical schedule for a random inspection.

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