§ Mr. Wallace
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in any report submitted since 1 January 1986 by Her Majesty's inspector of schools in respect of a primary school in Orkney or Shetland, adverse criticism has been expressed about the teaching of mathematics or English; and if he will make a statement.467W
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
Since 1 January 1986, reports by Her Majesty's inspectors of schools have been published on seven primary schools and departments in Orkney and Shetland. Each of the reports draws attention to certain weaknesses in the teaching of mathematics and of language within the context of its assessment of the work of the school as a whole. A copy of each report was sent to the hon. Member when it was published, and copies are also available in the Library.