1. Presiding Officer, “When you visit schools, people are most likely to tell you what you want to hear, through fear of repercussions.” That is the message from a primary school teacher in today’s press to the education secretary, speaking anonymously, because she fears being disciplined for speaking out. How does the First Minister think that that reflects on her Government?
The First Minister talks about reducing workload but if that work is being undertaken, why do international studies show that our teachers are among the most overworked in the world? I will just read out a little bit more from the letter to Mr Swinney, which we all saw a copy of last week. In it, the teacher says: “the ... Scottish Government are not tackling the real underlying issues...
I a m not sure that the First Minister fully gets this. It is her Government that is decreeing to local authorities. We are not talking about a political opponent here; this teacher is not point scoring. We are talking about a teacher who, in the letter, makes it clear that she is a Scottish National Party supporter and voter and yet now feels that she is not being listened to and has to...
Conservative MSP for Edinburgh Central
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election
Also represented Glasgow
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