Moray acts to head off inspectors

13th February 2004 at 00:00
External consultants are to be brought in by Moray Council to recommend changes to its education department following an unflattering HMI verdict.

The inspectors' report is due next Tuesday and is expected to be highly critical of key aspects of the education service - pressure that forced councillors this week to move quickly to appoint advisers.

Officials said they had eight weeks to devise an action plan and that the time-scale was tight.

"Given the issues arising from these reports, it is considered necessary to engage the services of external consultants to support the development work required to address specific issues," they state. "Clearly, this work is of a specialised nature and the range of potential consultants is restricted."

Former senior officials with experience in other authorities are expected to be prime candidates.

Moray is likely to be close to the foot of the unofficial league table of local authority performance and may be targeted by Peter Peacock, Education Minister, as an illustration of the need for reserve intervention powers when schools or local authorities fail to improve following inspections.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now