Online Opinion

16th December 2011 at 00:00
Readers respond to last week's articles on the TESS website

Teacher numbers safeguard pay and conditions deal

"There were 51,286 teachers working in local authority schools on census day in September - 155 above the minimum of 53,131 set earlier this year through the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers."

Are the figures an error? I blame the teachers! Well done to all - target achieved by 0.3% ... in September I believe!


(The figure should have been 51,131. Apologies, Ed.)

Hash-tag heads have every reason to join the twitterati

Don Ledingham's first paragraph sums up how a lot of my colleagues think at the moment. I may well share this article with them all. Many thanks! #edutweets


Probationer job prospects look up

What about all the other teachers without work - teachers who qualified in the years before 2011? It would be interesting to read comparable stats for these people. Many are still without work years later and for these "lost" people they are working with unfair terms and conditions. As 2011 draws to a close many teachers are leaving the profession, some are struggling to survive or have gone to the wall. Behind these stats are real people and families struggling to survive.


What happened to blue-skies thinking?

The decline in educational research is no surprise to me. Immediately on taking power the SNP abandoned the previous administration's proposals for enabling all 16 to 18-year-old pupils to get full-time education or training. They then abandoned ring fencing of funding for education, allowing councils to divert money intended for education elsewhere.


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