Why I’d rather be a teacher in Scotland than in England

Scotland heart

On balance, I think teaching in the Scottish state-education system is better than in the English one. When I moved to Scotland, I never considered that there would be differences. Believe me, there are.

My first department meeting in Scotland was a shock. Colleagues wanted the start time noted. And then some excused themselves before the end. There was a faint murmur of some “work-time agreement”. It seems there are some rather strict rules in the document in question, and a 35-hour working week is the main principle of the 2001 McCrone agreement.

Were these teachers less professional? Less ...

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