Date lodged: 14 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will review the remit of Education Scotland to include, in school inspections, the quality condition of school buildings.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 1 August 2016
The responsibility for assessing the state of school buildings lies with local authorities. Any robust quality assurance and scrutiny needs to come from examination by technical specialists in building standards and health and safety. Education Scotland is not staffed, and nor was HMIE in the past, with specialists with the skills to give that sort of assurance either through direct inspection or through examining any technical documents schools might provide.