Annual Programme of Scrutiny 2022 - 23


Academic year 2022 - 23

Early learning and childcare settings, including nursery classes in schools

Education Scotland will undertake at least 150 inspections in this sector.

Schools (which include local authority; grant aided; independent schools; day special schools; residential special schools and secure accommodation services)

Education Scotland will undertake at least 250 inspections across the school sector. This will include a sample of 120 inspections which will focus on the following quality indicators:

  • 1.3 Leadership of Change.
  • 2.3 Learning, teaching and assessment.
  • 3.1 Ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion.
  • 3.2 Raising attainment and achievement.

Further inspections

There are 39 schools and settings which will require either a further inspection or a progress report from the local authority.

Community learning and development services

HM Inspectors of Education will develop approaches to independent external evaluation of the Adult Learning Strategy for Scotland 2022-27 and the new National Youth Work Strategy.

Adult learning baseline evaluation is expected to be completed by March 2023. Youth work baseline evaluation activity is expected to commence in April 2023 and be completed by December 2023.

HM Inspectors will also contribute to a selection of secondary school full model inspections to evaluate the contribution of community learning and development to wider achievement.


HM Inspectors will undertake a programme of scrutiny and review in all 27 colleges/institutions under the terms of the Outcome Agreement with the Scottish Funding Council.

Private colleges and English language schools

We will undertake three Annual Engagement Visits in private colleges and English language schools who hold UKVI are Tier 4 sponsor status.

Modern Apprentice training

We will re-commence scrutiny of apprenticeship provision in 2022-23.

Prison education

We will join inspections at the request of HM Inspectorate of Prisons.

Joint inspections with the Care Inspectorate

We will work with other scrutiny partners on four Joint Inspections of Children’s Services led by the Care Inspectorate.

National thematic inspections

Three national thematic inspections will be carried out this year:

  • Early learning and childcare: progress with implementation of the expansion of funded ELC
  • Inclusion: promoting positive behaviour
  • Curriculum design

Schools consultations

We will evaluate the impact of all education authorities which open or close schools or change their designated catchment areas.

In addition to our planned programme of inspection activity we will carry out inspection activity in response to identified risk, or at the request of Scottish Ministers.