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New ‘pupil inspectors’ asked to improve schools

Controversial plan would see children observing lessons and sampling peers’ work

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The schools inspectorate wants pupils as young as 7 to have access to “raw data” on absences, exclusions and behaviour referrals so they can help evaluate their schools.

The EIS teaching union has said this could lead to “gossip and judgement” among pupils and added that there were other ways of getting children to talk about the learning in their school “rather than making them behave like members of an inspection team”.

The move progresses plans revealed in Tes Scotland last year for a child-friendly version of the self-evaluation tool used by schools, How Good is Our School? (HGIOS). The ...

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