Education Scotland reports regarding the impact of the COVID- 19 and funding provided: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

  1. Any reports or assessments conducted by Education Scotland regarding the impact of the COVID- 19 pandemic on education in Scotland, including any measures proposed or implemented to address these impacts.
  2. Information regarding the number of schools in Scotland that have received inspections from Education Scotland in the last year (2022), broken down by local authority area.
  3. Details of all grants or funding provided by Education Scotland to schools or educational institutions in Scotland in the last year (2022), including the amount of funding provided, the purpose of the funding, and the names of the recipients.


Question 1

Please find the links below to reports/assessments conducted by Education Scotland regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education in Scotland.

  • HM Inspectors undertook a suite of national reviews of the response to the pandemic to further support and improve the delivery of high-quality and effective remote learning.
  • Undertook and jointly published with Scottish Government (SG) an Equity Audit to deepen our understanding of the impact of Covid 19 and school closures on children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Joint publication of an e-sgoil impact report in June 2021, which attempts to reflect on and learn from the experiences of online education during the pandemic.

The link to the CLD Standards Council (CLDSC) report detailing the impact of the pandemic on CLDSC members and services.

Pandemic and lockdown: how CLD practitioners have responded | CLD Standards Council for Scotland

Other resources available on the Education Scotland website are:

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the links above, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

Question 2

Education Scotland paused the routine school inspection programme on 13 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Education Scotland resumed routine inspections of schools in September 2022. Please find attached at Annex A, a list of the number of schools inspected in 2022.

Please note the following:

  • The period covered is 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022.
  • The numbers are provided for each local authority.
  • A separate figure is provided for inspection of independent schools.
  • The numbers reported relate to inspections and further inspections of schools.
  • The numbers reported relate to inspections completed i.e. the inspection report has been published on the Education Scotland website.

Question 3

Please find attached at Annex B, a list of all grants/funding provided by Education Scotland in the financial year 2022/23.

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FOI 202300349546 - Information Released - Annex A
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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