Ending Violence in Schools

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 24 May 2023.

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Photo of Rachael Hamilton Rachael Hamilton Conservative

That will become apparent during my speech. I will give examples of whistleblowers in my constituency and I will set out the pressures and strains that they are under because of the curriculum and other issues following Government decisions on schools. If the cabinet secretary cannot see that—[

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.] I would advise her to, because many teachers are watching today.

The former First Minister promised to close the attainment gap between richer pupils and poorer pupils, but it is as wide as ever. What more evidence does the cabinet secretary want? The impact of those broken promises is clear in classrooms across the country.

The SNP has failed to live up to the lofty expectations that it set, and it has left teachers to pick up the pieces. They are being forced to manage somehow to deal with mountains of extra bureaucracy as a result of a flawed curriculum, as I highlighted to the cabinet secretary, who seems to be blind to such issues.