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I bet you wish you never asked about teaching now, Nicola ...

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While you were all opening your Christmas cards at the end of last year, first minister Nicola Sturgeon was opening letters that were…let’s say, less joyful.

In October, she asked teachers in Scotland to write to her and tell her about their experiences of working in the profession.

And, as you can imagine, the letters – now released under a freedom of information request from the Scottish Conservatives – didn’t make for happy reading.

One teacher wrote: “The class teacher was hit, I was kicked and punched. My amazing support staff were subject to repeated kicks to the stomach and were ...

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