Date lodged: 18 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve the school inspection regime.
Answered by: John Swinney 26 October 2017
A new Standards and Evaluation Framework will be published in December 2017, which will set out the focus and frequency of school inspection.
Education Scotland has also recently announced a number of steps to improve school inspections as part of its new suite of approaches to support and drive improvement in schools. This includes increasing the number of school inspections significantly and extending their team of associate assessors to include aspiring headteachers.
In addition, from April 2018, Education Scotland will set out and publish an annual programme of inspection activity across different sectors of education, including schools. These actions will strengthen the role of inspection as a crucial tool to support improvement.