Inspection Skills Training

Tribal's Inspection Skills Training is a highly respected and well-established course for school leaders who want to make a positive difference to the outcomes for children and young people.

"The quality of training was outstanding - the level of information, knowledge, skill development and opportunity for discussion as well as being a 'critical friend', enabled not only knowledge and skills to develop throughout the 4 days but also confidence in the requirements expected of an Inspector whether that be a team inspector or lead inspector.”
– Emily  (December 2020 participant)

Who should attend
This intensive course is for senior leaders working in a wide variety of education settings.  It aims to develop participants’ understanding and knowledge of inspection/ external review. The training also builds on their skills of evaluation, focusing on learning and the learner.  As a result, participants should acquire the skills and competencies of a high-quality inspector and be able to further their careers as leaders and/or effective reviewers of provision and outcomes in schools.

"Very useful and almost should be a requirement if ever anyone wants to be in a leadership position, especially in Abu Dhabi.”
– Fatima (December 2021 participant.)

The course runs for 4 days, and all training days run 09:00 – 17:00 daily, UAE time

Currently available course dates:

  • 3/4 and 10/11 August
  • 12/13 October and 19/20 October
  • 7/8 December and 14/15 December
  • Future dates coming soon
(We will be publishing further dates in the coming months. If you are interested in hearing about such courses, please indicate this on the form opposite by choosing "A future date")

There will be four sessions per day and each one will run for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes over the four days of training. All sessions will be delivered online using the Microsoft Teams platform. (You do not need a Microsoft Teams licence to participate.) 

Learning Objectives
The training aims to provide participants with the knowledge, understanding, skills and competencies required to make robust evaluations and inspect effectively in schools. By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • evaluate the effectiveness of a school using an inspection framework, in a time-limited way;
  • understand the inspection process and the importance of the team working together to produce a secure evidence base that will stand up to scrutiny;
  • gather and record first-hand evidence against a framework;
  • provide evidence-based feedback to different stakeholders;
  • summarise, triangulate and synthesise a wide range of evidence, as part of ‘evidence trails’ that will contribute to the written report;
  • understand the importance of adherence to the Inspectors Code of Conduct.

"The training was well organized, detailed and the activities were varied and relevant to the objectives of the course. The one-on-one sessions were very helpful in consolidating information and providing deep and detailed feedback on the assignments. That was a great and focused learning opportunity.”
– Dalia, (July 2021 participant)

Your Trainer
Peter Callow has had a distinguished career. He started out as a teacher, quickly progressed to be a principal in three very different schools and then held a variety of senior management roles to provide school improvement services within Local Authorities in the UK. Peter has worked with Tribal since 2006. He has extensive experience in the Middle East and in the UK, having held responsibility for Tribal’s review and monitoring services.

For clients such as Ofsted in the UK, and ADEK in the Middle East, Peter has designed and developed frameworks and inspection protocols and has trained teams in their use. Peter is experienced in leading monitoring and evaluation services across a variety of settings, including schools, colleges, training providers, and early years providers. An accomplished trainer, Peter designs training materials, facilitates training and associated assessment and quality assures training delivered by others..

"“Peter was absolutely amazing -  he was so professional, knowledgeable and supportive. I feel so much more confident in lesson observations and supporting student learning.” 
– Jacqueline  (July 2021 participant)

Why Tribal?
Tribal has been responsible for conducting school inspections around the world since 2004. Our work has seen us develop Inspection Skills in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and Saudi Arabia.

"The training exceeded my professional objectives; it was by far the best PD I have received in a very long time.”
– Ajoke (August 2020 participant)

For full details of the course structure, including entrance requirements, detailed learning objectives, costs, assessment tasks, and FAQs, please download the Course Overview using the form opposite.    

If you have any questions relating to the course, please email