Emma Seith

‘Don’t dismiss teachers as curmudgeons, Mr Swinney’

MSPs urge minister to listen to teachers who slammed the SQA and other education bodies in online surveys

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The education secretary has been urged by MSPs not to dismiss teachers who took part in highly critical online surveys about the effectiveness of Scotland’s school inspectorate and exam body as “the usual suspects” or “curmudgeons”.

The MSPs, who sit on the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee – which has a majority of SNP members – made the plea last week when education secretary John Swinney was giving evidence.

They were responding to a letter sent by Mr Swinney, ahead of his appearance before the committee, criticising a report that it recently published about the ...

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