Whole School Evaluations (WSEs) are carried out in primary and post-primary schools. During these inspections, the Department of Education & Skills (DES) evaluate
- the quality of the school management and leadership,
- the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and
- the school’s own planning and self-review.
The way in which the DES inspect the school during WSE varies somewhat. For example, sometimes the inspection has a subject or curriculum focus and at other times, the DES concentrates on a range of different lessons across a wide range of subjects. Oral feedback is provided to the school community at the end of these inspections and a printed report is published on the DES website.