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Conference on Policy and Practice for School Inspection in Europe.
Salzburg, Austria

August 26 -28 2023


A Conference to learn about school inspection in the heart of one of the world’s most spectacular cities with opportunities to explore the city of Mozart.

Target audience: school inspectors, policy makers, anyone with an interest in school inspection whether it be delivery or as a recipient of inspection.

Conference language: English

Session 1 Saturday 26 Aug: 14.30 – 17.30  (followed by dinner at the conference venue)

Using inspection as a tool of state control of the curriculum?

Day 2: Sunday 27 Aug: Morning free to explore Salzburg, hear wonderful music, visit Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) for one of its three editions of Sunday morning mass, or be one of the many visitors to Sunday worship at the English Speaking Church - Salzburg International Christian Church.

Alternatively sit on the terrace beside the river Salzach enjoying coffee and cake or pastry at the Cafe Sacher or on a quiet city square at Cafe Tomaselli

Session 2: 14.30 – 17.30 Can inspection be independent?

Day 3: Monday 28 Aug: 09.00 – 15.00 including lunch.

Agreeing fundamentals for inspection. What have we learned from one another and what can we take home?

Venue: Radisson Blu Altstadt Hotel, Salzburg.

Cost €275 inclusive of conference sessions, dinner on day 1 and lunch on day 3. This event is non-residential and so participants will need to book their own accommodation. Suggestions are available. Staying in central Salzburg is very expensive, but just outside the city provides many options using public transport, for example the Hotel Gabi. 

Just a little further outside Salzburg are the wonderfully attractive small towns of:

Fuschl am See, St Gilgan, or Mondsee. You could easily bring your family to enjoy the free time together or combine the conference with a holiday. Take a boat trip on the Wolfgang See and include either a cable car ride up the mountain from St Gilgen or (and/or) take the steam cog railway up the Schafberg mountain from St Wolfgang. Then there is the Sound of Music Tour!

Booking a place with a 30 euro deposit by 2 June 2023 by emailing the attached form to

Call for papers/ presentations Abstracts of between 200-300 words to be supplied to by 1 July 2023 (25% discount for accepted presentations) The guidelines for contributors are here.

The City of Salzburg

The great thing about Salzburg is that the old town is quite compact and easy to walk around.

Free time is built into the schedule so that you can make the most of your trip. Salzburg is more than the City of Mozart and home of the Salzburg Festival. At our most important tourist attractions, not only are you able to experience Salzburg’s rich history, there are also countless fascinating insights and surprising moments around practically every corner. A must visit is the Hohensalzburg Fortress.(the photograph at the top of this page was taken from there).  You can walk up to it, but the funicular railway is recommended to save both time and energy. Then there is the Mozart museums, the Getreidegasse (both very close to the conference venue) and Hellbrunn Palace all of which are among Salzburg’s most popular locations. 

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