Henry Hepburn

Staff shore up learning amid wall collapse crisis

Teachers pulled out all the stops to prevent educational harm after Edinburgh school closures, report shows, but Henry Hepburn finds there may be lingering effects

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Flick through the press archives from after it emerged that 17 Edinburgh schools would be forced to close amid safety fears last April, and a picture of chaos starts to emerge.

Storm Gertrude had ripped through Scotland in January 2016, tearing down a gable end wall at Oxgangs Primary on its way; last month, an inquiry found that only luck prevented anyone from dying. But that fortunate escape was just the precursor to upheaval that would involve almost 8,400 pupils and 650 teachers being moved from their schools after precautionary checks.

Professor John Cole’s inquiry revealed the scale of ...

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