Emma Seith

An inspector calls ... but only once every 10 years

Call for a review of the inspection system as fears are raised about outdated reports

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A significant number of Scottish schools are going a decade or more without being inspected – and some schools have not had an inspector call since 2004, a Tes Scotland investigation reveals.

Critics of the inspection process have suggested that inspection reports are irrelevant after five years and that high-performing schools could even take legal action if they felt their reputation was tainted by an outdated report from another era.

However, Education Scotland pointed out that local authorities and the schools themselves were also responsible for maintaining standards between inspection ...

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