Date lodged: 1 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes if a grant-aided special school is deemed to be failing.
Answered by: John Swinney 16 February 2017
Grant-aided special schools are subject to frequent inspections from Education Scotland through a cycle of inspections of grant-aided schools, residential special schools and secure care establishments. HM Inspectors evaluate how well schools are performing using quality indicators from How Good is Our School? 4. If a school receives a 'Weak' or 'Unsatisfactory' evaluation for any of the quality indicators scrutinised by HM Inspectors then the school will be subject to 'continuing engagement'.
Furthermore, Section 66 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 provides Ministers with a range of powers to require action to be taken to secure improvement. This applies to all schools, including grant-aided special schools.