The approach has also been shaped as a result of independent research and meetings with headteachers throughout Scotland. The response, as Brian rather grudgingly recognises, has been a very strong endorsement of the approach and a very constructive reaction from the profession to the real challenges which it poses for us all.
The key to the new approach is our ability to build on the increasingly strong quality culture that exists in Scotland and to forge new ways in which inspectors and teachers can work together to raise achievement and improve quality.
The team involved in that process includes not only inspectors but well over 100 teachers and headteachers who work with us on inspection. Rather than belittling that process, it would have been more appropriate for Brian to recognise the real potential which it has to strengthen the Scottish system.
I very much welcome constructive engagement with all of those who have an interest in Scottish education. Such engagement is likely to be more productive with a little more research before leaping into print.
Graham Donaldson HM senior chief inspector Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh