10 questions with…Seamus Searson
The general secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association chats to Emma Seith about his own schooldays in the East End of London, his time as a trade unionist in Northern Ireland, and what it was like to teach students including rapper Dizzee Rascal and England footballer Alex Scott
From school closures and the move to remote learning, to the cancellation of exams and the still-evolving replacement assessment model, Scottish secondary teachers have had their fair share of challenges during Covid. So it is perhaps no surprise that Seamus Searson, general secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association, is reluctant to identify just one person who has made the biggest difference to education in 2020.
He also speaks about his own schooldays in London’s East End with a talkative history teacher, reveals why former pupil Dizzee Rascal was a force to be reckoned ...