FIP inspection scheme stalled

Northern Ireland’s “special measures” scheme has effectively been stalled due to industrial action by teachers.

It has been more than two years since any school was placed into the Formal Intervention Process (FIP).

A school will typically be put into formal intervention after issues are raised by inspectors. However, unions’ refusal to cooperate with inspections due to a dispute over pay and workload means FIP is also shelved.

Incomplete reports mean that potential shortcomings that could be addressed through intervention are not being identified.

There are five secondary schools in FIP at present. Each school commits to working with management to deliver an agreed action plan to address the areas for improvement.

All the main unions withdrew cooperation as part of action short of a strike, which began in January 2017. Unions say their action must continue.

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