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Scott: Scottish Government has made teaching "less attractive"

August 15, 2017 12:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to reports that as the academic year begins there are more than 500 teacher vacancies in Scottish schools, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

"Head teachers face classrooms without teaching staff as pupils go back to school. We need a government who recognise that their management of Scottish education over 10 years has made teaching less attractive as a profession.

Teachers say classroom workload pressures are rising. Instead of centralisation and bureaucracy, the Scottish Government needs to invest in the profession and make it a job people want.

"That it is why it is time for a new independent root and branch review of teachers pay and conditions - a McCrone2. That would be a positive step for government to take and I urge them to work with local government and teachers unions now to establish this review.