Drive-by inspections

13th May 2005 at 01:00
John Brown, currently HMIE acting district inspector for Stirling and Midlothian, but previously the inspectorate's national specialist for religious and moral education, offered Catholic heidies a glimpse back at the olden days when school inspections were, shall we say, rather more spontaneous.

Brown told the heidies' annual conference in Crieff last week that he had unearthed some inspectorate correspondence dating back to before the 1980s, including one letter reporting: "We couldn't find primary school X, but we found another primary school while we were driving around so we just went in and inspected it."

Gives a whole new meaning to spot inspections.

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