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Discussions on future approaches to inspection

​Education Scotland staff engaged with a wide range of stakeholders, including education organisations, local authority education staff, practitioners, learners and parents, to gain a better understanding of how they believed we should shape future inspection approaches. This engagement was a major and essential element of the review.

We looked at all aspects of inspection and embraced creative ideas. Engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, both nationally and internationally, ensured that we considered a variety of views and practice in different contexts. We have strived to ensure that new approaches to inspection take account of recent changes and current priorities in education and continue to make a significant contribution to improvement in our education system.

Conversation events

A series of regional conversation events to discuss future approaches to inspection took place in 2014 and 2015. For each event, each local authority was invited to nominate six representatives, from across the different sectors of education, to attend. Colleges were invited to send two representatives to each event. The independent sector was also invited to nominate representatives. An event for all-through school representatives also took place. In addition, we engaged with many practitioners through sector-specific events, conferences and through a variety of meetings.

We explored the following issues:

  • Is inspection promoting a joined up, 3-18 planning approach to Curriculum for Excellence?
  • How do we ensure that we do not miss poorly performing establishments?
  • Are inspections securing improvement sufficiently?
  • How can we communicate our view on the performance of education authorities?
  • How do we promote joined up, cross-sectoral approaches?
  • How do we know the education system is improving?
  • Are there ways in which we can provide more focus on the real challenges to Scottish education?
  • How do we reduce the pressure that inspection can place on an establishment, and focus on improvement?

The PowerPoint and discussion document below were used to stimulate discussion during our engagement with stakeholders.

PowerPoint file: Future approaches to inspection and review (351 KB)

Word file: The Future of Inspection - Discussion document (70 KB)

View the stakeholder feedback that we gathered, and information on new approaches that we tried out over the 2015-16 academic session.

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