School quality

School inspections

Education Scotland inspect a number of schools each year as part of their national monitoring of the education system. 

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The purpose of a school inspection is to:

  • Promote improvement by supporting the school to continue to improve
  • Evaluate and report on a school’s capacity to improve
  • Provide assurance to users on the quality of education
  • Provide evidence for the national overview of Scottish education

To evaluate the quality of provision, inspections focus on the following questions:

  1. How well do young people learn and achieve? 
  2. How well does the school support young people to develop and learn? 
  3. How well does the school improve the quality of its work?

This final question is evaluated by the inspection team and the response is described as:

  • Confident
  • Partially confident
  • Non confident