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Question reference: S6W-15682

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: 6 March 2023
  • Current status: Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 20 March 2023


To ask the Scottish Government whose role it is to enforce Education Scotland inspection guidelines.


Scottish Ministers’ powers relating to inspection of educational establishments and services are set out in the Education (Scotland) Act 1980. Inspections of educational establishments are carried out by HM Inspectors.

HM Inspectors develop and maintain a set of specific inspection and review guidance which describes how HM Inspectors work in particular sectors or areas of provision. This is published on Education Scotland’s website.