HC Deb 21 May 1985 vol 79 cc386-7W
36. Mr. Peter Bruinvels

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how often it is expected that a member of Her Majesty's inspectorate will visit each school; and to which people a copy of the inspector's report is normally sent.

Sir Keith Joseph

Each year Her Majesty's inspectorate carries out about 250 formal inspections of schools and colleges. Their reports are issued first to the heads, governors and maintaining LEAs of the institutions inspected; a fortnight later, they are published. Additionally, Her Majesty's inspectors visit each year about four fifths of secondary schools, one fifth of primary schools and nearly all colleges of further education, either as part of broad national surveys of certain aspects of educational provision or to keep in touch with developments in the particular institution. At the end of these visits Her Majesty's inspectors report orally to the head on what they found, but the visits do not lead to published reports.