‘Prove you value us’ – Teaching union issues challenge to Swinney

In one of the most hard-hitting speeches on Scotland’s teaching crisis, a union leader will tell fellow professionals today she is shocked that the number of teachers wanting to quit the profession is not more than 40 per cent. The Scotsman reports.

In her keynote speech to the 2018 Educational Institute of Scotland annual general meeting in the Caird Hall in Dundee, Nicola Fisher, outgoing president of Scotland’s largest teaching union EiS, will blast the Scottish Government for “not valuing” teachers.

Ms Fisher will also challenge the Scottish Government and local authorities to demonstrate they value education and teachers by significantly improving teachers’ pay and investing additional resources in schools.

As well as highlighting the impact of pay cuts on morale and recruitment, Ms Fisher is expected to say: “What we do to teachers in this country is ridiculous. We underpay teachers. We overwork them. We tell them, incorrectly, that they are part of a failing ­system. We tell them that what they are doing in the classroom is insufficiently ‘excellent’.

Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative shadow education secretary, said the crisis was impacting on Scotland’s young people.

“These remarks, just like those made by other teachers, should ring alarm bells for this SNP government.”

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