According to Carina Abréu, head of department at the Swedish Schools Inspectorate in Gothenburg, they wanted to learn more about how other countries do their inspection. "we wanted to have a more practical exchange. The inspectors will be following the Swedish rules, but the Dutch are working with classroom observations in a different way, and their inspections are more research based," Abréu tells Dagens Nyheter.
But the chairperson of the National Teachers' Union, Eva-List Sirén, is sceptical. "I question how a Dutch company is going to be able to read up on Swedish schools. What qualifications have they got to judge Swedish schools and what is the result going to be used for?"