extremadura-2La Consejería de Educación y Empleo de la Junta de Extremadura (The Department of Education and Employment in Extremadura), as part of the regional government, is responsible for regulating and implementing education and training in the region.

Although at national level in Spain, the Ministry of Education has overall responsibility for Education in the whole country, Extremadura, one of the seventeen Spanish autonomous communities, has competence to develop education and training legislation and its implementation at all levels, grades, modalities and specialities, particularly the organization and control of all schools, teachers, school subjects of regional interest, extracurricular activities and its own grants. The Inspectorate of Education is one of the services in which the Department is organised.

This project will be specifically developed by the Inspectorate of Education of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura. The Inspectorate of Education is organised in one central service and two provincial services; all three under the coordination and supervision of the Secretary General of Education of the Consejería de Educación y Empleo- Junta de Extremadura. The functions and attributions of inspectors are rooted in the Spanish Constitution, which in its article 27.8 on the right to education, entrusts the public authorities with the inspection and homologation of the education system to ensure compliance with the laws.

The inspectorate of education in the Autonomous Community of Extremadura is a public body of regional scope. It includes a total of 44 inspectors, distributed in two provincial departments of education, one in Cáceres with 18 inspectors, and another one in Badajoz with 22. Also, there are three more inspectors in the central service in Mérida.

The organizational structure is as follows:
The General Inspectorate Service of Education and Evaluation, based in Mérida, under the Secretariat General of Education (Department of Education and Employment, Board of Extremadura), consisting of a General Inspector and two central inspectors. The Provincial Inspectorates, with headquarters in the Provincial Delegations of Education in Cáceres and Badajoz, are formed by a Chief Inspector, eight District Coordinating Inspectors, and 39 district inspectors.

The actions of the Inspection Services are carried out according to a Strategic three-year Plan for the Inspection, and to annual Provincial plans for each school year. The functions of the Inspectorates of Education are included in Article 151 of the Organic Law 2/2006, of May 3, of Education and in Article 181 of Law 4/2001, of March 7, of Education of Extremadura. Among the functions, two are especially relevant to this project:
. Supervise and control, from the pedagogical and organizational point of view, the operation of schools as well as the programs that affect them.
. Collaborate in the processes that favour the educational success, in the plans and strategies of pedagogical intervention for the overcoming of the difficulties of learning and in the prevention of school absenteeism.