Henry Hepburn

Teachers shouldn’t need anonymity in order to speak up

In a liberal democracy, it is not healthy for education professionals to feel inhibited about publicly expressing an opinion and taking part in debate

Teachers shouldn’t need cloak of anonymity to speak their minds

We have a very timely feature coming up in Tes Scotland on 6 August. Shortly before this year’s Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) results day, on 10 August, seven teachers will tell readers, at length, about their experience of going through the “alternative certification model”, devised after the cancellation of the 2021 national exams.

To allow them all to be as frank as possible, their contributions will be anonymised. The need for them to do so poses some questions in itself. On such an important issue, in such an exceptional year, all those teachers – from class teachers to heads ...

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