Annual Programme of Scrutiny

Academic Year 2019-2020

At Education Scotland we believe that scrutiny is a key element in supporting and driving improvement in education. Scrutiny gives reassurance that a school or service is providing the high-quality education expected for Scotland's learners; it supports improvement through professional discussion and sharing good practice; and it informs national policy on education.

As a public sector organisation, we are committed to openness and transparency and continually review how we can provide access to accurate and helpful information about our scrutiny programme.

Each year the Chief Inspector agrees the scale and priorities of our scrutiny programme in agreement with the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

Annual Programme of Scrutiny (August 2019-July 2020)

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 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

 

We currently anticipate carrying out 65 further inspections of schools where we have identified important weaknesses in the quality of education.

Community learning and development services

 

HM Inspectors looking specifically at community learning and development will be involved in all secondary full model inspections. There will also be five further inspections of community and learning development services.

Colleges

 

The quality assurance arrangements for colleges are agreed annually between Education Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council.

Private colleges and English language schools

 

Inspections of private colleges and English language schools are determined by the requirements of UK Visa and Immigration to meet the requirements for educational oversight for Tier 4 sponsor status. Four establishments will have an Annual Engagement Visit and one establishment will have an inspection during 2019-20.

Career information, advice and guidance services

 

We inspect the quality of careers information and guidance services delivered by Skills Development Scotland across five council areas, (Aberdeen City Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, Falkirk Council, North Ayrshire Council, Western Isles Council). We will also carry out five follow up inspections (Aberdeenshire Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, The City of Edinburgh Council, Inverclyde Council, Stirling Council).

Modern Apprentice training

 

We will conduct two Modern Apprenticeship reviews of Electro Technical and Retail.

Prison education

 

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

Education functions of local authorities

 

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

National thematic inspections

 

We will undertake two national thematic inspections.

  • Effective use of assessment within the broad general education; and
  • Family learning

 

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

To further improve our openness and transparency each month we will publish the number of inspection reports published in the previous month:

PDF file: Inspection reports published March 2020

PDF file: Inspection reports published February 2020

PDF file: Inspection reports published January 2020

PDF file: Inspection reports published December 2019

PDF file: Inspection reports published November 2019

PDF file: Inspection reports published October 2019

PDF file: Inspection reports published September 2019

PDF file: Inspection reports published August 2019

PDF file: Inspection reports published July 2019

PDF file: Inspection reports published June 2019

PDF file: Inspection reports published May 2019

PDF file: Inspection reports published April 2019

PDF file: Inspection reports published March 2019

PDF file: Inspection reports published February 2019

PDF file: Inspection reports published January 2019

PDF file: Inspection reports published December 2018

PDF file: Inspection reports published November 2018

PDF file: Inspection reports published October 2018

PDF file: Inspection reports published September 2018

PDF file: Inspection reports published August 2018

There were no reports published in July due to the school holidays.

PDF file: Inspection reports published June 2018

PDF file: Inspection reports published May 2018

PDF file: Inspection reports published April 2018

PDF file: Inspection reports published March 2018