The inspection process aims to promote improvement and successful innovation that enhances learners' experiences in schools and early learning and childcare (ELC) settings.
To support improvement, Education Scotland's Inspectors focus on the quality of children's and young people's learning and achievement. They have a particular interest in how the school is developing children's skills and understanding in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing.
The purpose of an inspection is to find out how well your child is being educated and looked after. Your child's school or ELC will be visited by inspectors from Education Scotland (and Care Inspectorate, if there is early learning and childcare).
During the visit, inspectors will usually visit classrooms and/or playrooms, observe learning and talk to staff and children about their learning. They may look at children's work and read reports of children's progress.
Gathering the views of parents is an important part of the inspection of a school or ELC. You may be asked to fill in a questionnaire about the school or ELC and/or join a group to give your views to a member of the inspection team. Your views are carefully considered as part of the evidence during an inspection.
After an inspection a letter is sent to the local authority and the ELC setting or school for parents. This letter highlights what the ELC setting or school does well and where it needs to improve.
It will answer the following questions:
During inspections, one aspect that inspectors will look at is how well your school or ELC involves parents. These quotes provide examples of some of the good practice that inspectors found in schools and ELCs in 2013 inspections in Scotland.
In ELC inspection reports, the involvement of parents in their children’s learning was identified as a key strength in 48% of these reports and as an aspect for development in 12%.
In primary school reports, the involvement of parents in their children’s learning was identified as a key strength in 38.8% of these reports and as an aspect for development in 11%.
In secondary school reports, the involvement of parents in their children’s learning was identified as a key strength in 7% of these reports and as an aspect for development in 7%.
Quotes from the 2012 inspection reports - Early learning and childcare settings (148 KB)
Quotes from the 2012 inspection reports - Primary (224 KB)
Quotes from the 2012 inspection reports - Secondary (216 KB)
New-look letter for parents
Parents and carers will see a new, more concise letter published following school inspections as part of changes to the process.
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