Scottish secondary school teachers to hold a ballot for strike action

The Scotsman is reporting that Scottish high school teachers will hold a ballot for strike action over their current workloads.

High school teachers will hold a ballot on industrial action over teacher workload despite John Swinney’s efforts to offer teachers clearer guidance on the new curriculum. The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association will send out the first postal ballots for action on September 14 with a closing date of September 30.

Education Secretary John Swinney published “streamlined” guidance on Curriculum for Excellence on Monday, designed to cut down on teacher workload. Seamus Searson, SSTA general secretary, said: “The National Executive is very much aware of the efforts of the Deputy First Minister to address teacher workload and promote teacher professional judgment but teacher workload needs to be reduced in the current session.”

Euan Duncan, SSTA president, said: “Much of a teacher’s time is now taken up with SQA assessments and verification of assessments within their school and local area.”

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