2 August 2017: Tes Scotland asks the inspectorate, via a freedom of information (FOI) request, how many schools have not had an inspection for over a decade and which school has gone uninspected the longest
31 August 2017: Education Scotland responds by naming the schools inspected since 2008 and highlighting that information on individual school inspection is available on its website.
4 September 2017: Tes Scotland challenges the response, arguing that while the date of a school’s last inspection is available on the Education Scotland website, there are around 360 secondaries and over 2,000 primaries in Scotland, so the information is not reasonably obtainable.
19 September 2017: Education Scotland says it does not hold the information. In April 2008 it changed how schools were selected for inspection and “information prior to this change has been deleted”.
29 September 2017: Tes Scotland exclusively reveals the cull of pre-2008 inspection information, in the article “Inspectorate data dump branded ‘disgraceful’”.
3 October 2017: When challenged about the revelation, education secretary John Swinney tells the Scottish Parliament: “Education Scotland retains the ability to see when a school was last inspected by referring to paper-based records for each school.”
30 November 2017: Tes Scotland appeals to the information commissioner, arguing that it should be possible for the body to answer the FOI using these paper-based records.
14 June 2018: Education Scotland publishes the date of last inspection for all schools.