Schools and ELC settings invited to take part in Recovery Visits

Education Scotland is inviting schools and Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings to take part in upcoming 'recovery visits'.

The visits will be carried out by HM Inspectors during the remainder of this academic year with the aim of learning from education establishments about what has worked well and the challenges they have faced due to the pandemic.

Gayle Gorman, Chief Inspector of Education and Chief Executive of Education Scotland said: "We are acutely aware of the pressures that schools and settings continue to face, and that is why we previously announced that we would not resume our routine inspection programme as planned. Instead we are asking schools and settings to self-select to participate in a recovery visit.

"Our aim is for the visits to be a supportive and positive learning experience. We want to hear from schools about their own current priorities as they respond to the impact of the current pandemic, we want to learn what is working well, the challenges education practitioners have faced and also examples of effective practice."

The visits will include both online meetings and face-to-face activities over two days within a given week. Education Scotland will also work with schools and ELC settings to plan the visit and ensure they reflect individual requirements.

Janie McManus, Strategic Director for Scrutiny at Education Scotland said: "During the visit we would welcome the opportunity to discuss any improvement plans the school or ELC setting may have, and would like to learn more about any plans to address the impact of Covid-19 with a particular focus on continuity of learning and wellbeing of staff and learners.

"The discussions we have during these visits will be really beneficial in helping other education settings learn from the different approaches being taken to support children and young people in their learning at a time when education has been impacted by the pandemic."

Schools and ELC settings participating in the recovery visits will not be evaluated against any inspection quality indicators or assigned summative grades. Instead, they will be provided with a note of our visit which is aimed at further supporting school improvement. We will not publish the note of visit.


PDF file: Recovery Visits to ELC Settings and Schools (490 KB) - This leaflet gives more information about the recovery visit process.