International links

​​Inspection, reporting and self-evaluation

​Over recent years there has been increasing international recognition of the success of 'the

Scottish approach' to accountability and improvement. HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) played a vital role in developing this approach, building on an explicit combination of internal and external evaluation. The further development of ‘the Scottish approach’ is now taken forward by Education Scotland.

Education Scotland receives frequent requests to contribute to thinking about inspection, scrutiny and quality improvement in countries across the world. Our staff are frequently invited to participate in a variety of events and activities abroad. They also regularly receive international visitors who are interested in the work of this agency and, in particular, approaches to evaluation​.

Arranging a visit

If you would like to visit us to find out more about our work in this area please complete the application form below, and send the completed form to Please note that there may be a charge for your visit.

If you would like to discuss the possibilities before completing the form, contact Guch Dhillon at the email address above.

​​Word file: Application form for international visitors (117 KB)​

The Standing International Conference of Inspectorates

Education Scotland is a member of the Standing International Conference of Inspectorates (SICI). To find out more, visit the SICI website.

Find out more about Scottish education

For background information on Scottish education, including current policy initiatives, please read the following report published by the European Commission information network on education, in 2017:

Eurydice website: United Kingdom​ - Scotland overview.​​​