You get what you came for? A Case Study and Reflections on Applying an English Inspection Model in International Schooling


  • Deborah Outhwaite
  • Ralph Tabberer


This article considers the position of international education, and the ways in which it ‘borrows’ performativity structures from the English education system. Utilising a recent Case Study and analysing Ralph Tabberer’s personal reflections on it, the article outlines ways in which we can continue to learn from the socio-cultural dimensions of the English schooling system that are regularly utilised in an international educational context.


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