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Continuing engagement

​There are three broad continuing engagement activities, not all are mutually exclusive. The following are brief descriptions but there is flexibility to enable us to ensure we provide the best support for improvement to a school.

1. No continuing engagement

In this option, we are satisfied with the overall quality of provision. We are confident that the establishment’s self-evaluation processes are leading to improvements. As a result, we will make no further visits in connection with this inspection. The local authority or Board of Governors will inform parents about the establishment’s progress as part of their arrangements for reporting to parents on the quality of their establishments.

2. Additional support

We are satisfied with the overall quality of provision. We are confident that most of the establishment’s self-evaluation processes are leading to improvement. With support from the local authority or Board of Governors, and possibly Education Scotland, the establishment will be able to make the necessary improvements.

Our Area Lead Officer or Independent schools link inspector, along with local authority or Board of Governors, will discuss the most appropriate support in order to build capacity for improvement and will maintain contact to monitor progress. Parents will be informed of the extent to which the establishment has improved.

3. Further inspection

As a result of our inspection findings, we think that the establishment needs additional support and more time to make necessary improvements. Our Area Lead Officer or Independent schools link inspector, along with the local authority or Board of Governors, will discuss the most appropriate support in order to build capacity for improvement, and will maintain contact to monitor progress.

We will return to evaluate aspects of provision and the progress in improving provision within an agreed timescale following publication of the inspection letter. We will then issue another letter to parents on the extent to which the establishment has improved. In that letter, we will inform the school and education authority if we are going to carry out a further inspection visit.

How do inspectors report on continuing engagement?

Where further inspection activity is carried out, we will report publicly to parents and stakeholders by letter. The letter will report on progress against the areas for development identified during the previous inspection.

The Managing Inspector will also report on continuous improvement and, to an appropriate extent, the school’s capacity for improvement.

A technical report called a Record of Visit will be shared. Other continuing engagement activities will be reported to parents and stakeholders using the local authorities’ normal procedures.


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