HMI under fire again over clash of loyalties;News;News amp; Opinion
The confusion between HMI's roles in quality assurance and policy development, the directors state, means that inspections "tend to concentrate on whether schools are complying with national advice and not to question whether that advice is soundly based".
There must be "a more transparently independent" source of policy advice to ministers, they say. Curricular advice should come from the much stronger body that unites the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum and the Scottish Council for Educational Technology.
The ADES continues its pursuit of HMI by questioning its competence to inspect education authorities and pointing out that some have responsibilities such as children's social work, leisure and recreation and culture.