Keane death sparks school building inspection call

School children at Liberton High School leave tributes to Keane Wallis-Bennett. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
School children at Liberton High School leave tributes to Keane Wallis-Bennett. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
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Calls have been made for education inspectors in Scotland to include the condition of school buildings in their reports, following the tragic death of Keane Wallis-Bennett at Liberton High School.

The Conservative party have called for the condition of all school buildings to be included in Education Scotland reports.

Currently reports do not take into account the fabric of schol

Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative Education Spokesperson has written to Cabinet Secretary for Education, Mike Russell MSP to ask the Scottish Government to consider a change to include the quality and fabric of schools as part of Education Scotland’s independent inspection of schools.

Miles Briggs, Conservative MP candidate for Edinburgh South said: “The tragic death of Keane Wallis-Bennett, at Liberton High School should never have happened and it is clear that a more stringent inspection framework must be put in place in Scotland.

“Unlike in the case of Ofsted in England, Education Scotland currently do not report on the standard and quality of the structure of the school. There is now a serious case for Education Scotland to include inspection of the quality and fabric of schools during the course of a school inspection.”

Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative Education Spokesperson said: “It has struck me for some time that the Education Scotland inspection process could be improved if there was the facility for inspectors to comment on school accommodation as well as on learning and teaching should they deem this necessary.

“I have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Mike Russell MSP to ask the Scottish Government to consider a change to include the quality and fabric of schools as part of Education Scotland’s independent inspection of schools in the future.”