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Scottish investigation into inspection.

Scottish investigation into inspection.

A year-long Tes Scotland investigation has forced the schools inspectorate, Education Scotland, to publish the date of the last inspection for every school in the country – and prompted a debate on whether school inspections really matter.

Our figures – which showed that some schools had not been inspected for 16 years and more than a fifth of all schools had not been inspected for over a decade – were picked up by the national press and resulted in first minister Nicola Sturgeon being grilled by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson last week. Davidson said that school inspections had “crashed to their lowest level since devolution” and noted that, of those not inspected for at least a decade, one was in the first minister’s constituency and two were in that of education secretary John Swinney.

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