Inspectors satisfied that Nicolson Institute is improving

The Nicolson Institute has made improvements since it was inspected in August 2011 and HM Inspectors are now satisfied with its progress.

Parents were informed last week that HM Inspectors are now confident the school has the capacity to improve and they will make no further visits in connection with the August 2011 Inspection.

The 2011 inspection highlighted that improvements were needed in Gaelic Medium education at the school; teachers should provide greater challenges for all young people; and that the school should continue to develop self-evaluation to ensure good practice is identified and shared and that action is taken to bring about improvement when necessary, including raising attainment.

The inspectors returned to the school in January 2013 and reported to parents in March last year. Since then they have continued to engage with the council to support the school.

In a letter they stated: “After reviewing the evidence and in discussion with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, we are now confident the school has the capacity to continue to improve. We will make no further visits to the school in connection with the inspection report of August 2011. As part of the normal ongoing liaison between Education Scotland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, our Area Lead Officer will continue to monitor the school’s progress.”