HM Inspector

January 23, 2023

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We are currently seeking applications for a number of His Majesty’s Inspectors of Education within Education Scotland, based throughout Scotland, although base location can be flexible.

Inspections and other scrutiny activities carried out by His Majesty’s Inspectors are independent and impartial. His Majesty’s Inspector positions require experienced education professionals with the highest level of skill needed to observe practice at first-hand, engage in professional dialogue and report objectively on the quality of education and capacity to improve. A core focus of His Majesty’s Inspectors is to promote improvement as well as providing assurance to stakeholders on the quality of education.

His Majesty’s Inspectors identify and share examples of effective and highly effective practice. They lead and work as part of teams carrying out external evaluation across a range of sectors, and specific themes as part of national thematic work. HM Inspectors work with a range of stakeholders helping to build capacity for improvement with Scottish education. They work flexibly to meet the needs of the organisation.

His Majesty’s Inspectors are privileged to have the opportunity to observe practice and engage with stakeholders throughout Scotland. As such, they are required to undertake significant travel, including regularly staying overnight away from home.

We are currently seeking applications for HM Inspectors of Education with a background in the following sectors:

  • Primary
  • College
  • Secondary
  • Early learning and childcare

This post attracts a £2,000 Education pay supplement. Pay Supplements are temporary payments designed to address recruitment and retention issues caused by market pressures and are subject to regular review.


  • Undertake the lead and team member role on the inspection of individual education providers and broader aspect reviews ensuring professional judgements are based on robust evidence gathered from a wide range of sources, evaluating evidence against quality frameworks and writing publishable reports.
  • Lead and engage in professional discussions with practitioners, stakeholders and Senior Managers to conduct effective evaluations to inform inspection and review reports; produce recommendations for improvement; share effective practice and build capacity.
  • Capture, disseminate and promote the best practice gathered through inspection and review programmes and activities.
  • Lead the creation of reports, briefings and presentations to inform stakeholders of the overall quality and strengths; effective practice and areas for improvement in key aspects of education.
  • Provide information and expertise based on the analysis of inspection evidence to Scottish Government policy colleagues; Scottish Ministers and other stakeholders to improve Scottish education and inform the development of policy in specific areas of education provision.
  • Engage in appropriate professional learning and development to build professional knowledge and expertise. In doing so maintain a high level of awareness of current and developing policy and practice in specific aspects of education provision.
  • Take account of equality and diversity in all aspects of work, model good practice in challenging discrimination and promoting equality to encourage positive outcomes across all education aspects and services.
  • Contribute to the design and development of quality frameworks, inspection and review methodologies and supporting guidance, tools and materials.
  • Secure continuous improvement, personally and within Education Scotland.

In addition, HM Inspectors working in the Gaelic sector must take forward specialist scrutiny activities across the Gaelic sector, particularly secondary inspections, community learning and development, colleges and a range of post-school providers.


Leading Others

Communication and Engagement

Analysis and Use of Evidence

Improving Performance

People Management

Essential Criteria & Qualifications

You will require a relevant professional degree in education or equivalent.

Other qualifications may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria

  • Skilled in a senior leadership capacity in education with strong evidence of improving outcomes for learners and in managing competing priorities to implement improvement and change.
  • High quality interpersonal skills, confidence in dealing with a range of stakeholders and the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Strong understanding of quality improvement in education and emerging developments and changes in Scottish education and inspection.
  • Skilled in communicating effectively orally and in writing, demonstrating clarity and expressing complex issues in a way that is easy to understand and suitable for the intended audience.


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