Schools' double inspections help enforce changes
Schools are now being inspected twice, weeks apart, to ensure that they are living up to their responsibilities in areas such as child protection and the delivery of sex education classes.
Reports from the first 11 schools to go through the specialised Department of Education inspections show how the checks brought about a rapid sharpening up in practices, where necessary.
These practices include child protection obligations around reporting concerns, both internally and to the child and family agency, Tusla, where appropriate. The other focus is on implementing the Social Personal and Health Education curriculum and the Stay Safe and Relationship and Sexuality Education programmes.
Initial inspections conducted in March found shortcomings in some schools, most of which were addressed by the follow-up visits in April or May.