Write on the money

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John Swinney has used his latest open letter to the profession to address the biggest debate in Scottish education at the moment: teacher pay.

The EIS teaching union is currently balloting members over the government’s offer of a 3 per cent rise across the board, with further rises dependent on the teacher’s stage of career.

They have urged teachers to use the ballot to reject the offer, calling it “divisive” because not all teachers would benefit to the same extent.

Swinney says he is in “no doubt” over the strength of feeling within the sector – perhaps unsurprisingly, given the 30,000 ...

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