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Section 70 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980: guidance on making a complaint

Published: 20 Dec 2017

Guidance to support those who are considering or who have made a complaint under Section 70 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980.

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24 page PDF

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Contents
Section 70 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980: guidance on making a complaint
The role of HM Inspectors of Education in the process

24 page PDF

266.5kB

The role of HM Inspectors of Education in the process

If the Scottish Ministers believe that a failure of duty has occurred, or if it is not clear from the evidence provided, they may ask Her Majesty's Inspectors of Education ( HMIE) to carry out an inspection into the alleged failed duties. This inspection must be carried out within the overall 105 working day timescale.

As part of this inspection they may:

  • Review the documents already submitted
  • Arrange to meet with you to discuss your allegations
  • Arrange to meet with your child if appropriate
  • Arrange to meet with school and education authority staff to discuss specific issues related to the complaint
  • Arrange to meet with any relevant group who is contributing to your child's education through a partnership with the education authority
  • Review school and/or education authority practice
  • Provide Scottish Ministers with a report with their findings
  • Provide Scottish Ministers with recommendations on whether the responsible body has failed to carry out its duties.

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