‘Teachers are too afraid to speak out’

After recent warnings about a ‘culture of fear’ in Scottish education, Emma Seith hears from teachers who believe that raising concerns could put their careers in jeopardy, and asks if councils are guilty of discouraging whistleblowing and adopting a ‘Big Brother’ approach

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Back in 2015, Norma Seith was a principal teacher in Dundee, heading up the city’s young mothers’ unit – a nursery based in a secondary school that enabled girls who became pregnant to continue their education.

The girls were taxied into school in the morning with their babies, whom they dropped off at the nursery, before attending classes. They socialised and interacted with their babies during break times and were also timetabled to learn from the experienced nursery nurses who worked there.

It was a great service – I know, because I visited it. Not as a journalist, but as Norma Seith’s ...

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