One of only 5 letters apparently seen by ‘Scotsman’
*SCALP is copyright Ron Culley 2019
In the ‘Scotsman’ today:
‘Teachers in Scotland’s schools have told Nicola Sturgeon they are “struggling to the brink of breakdown” due to increasing workloads and a lack of frontline staff. In a series of letters to the First Minister, teachers described the profession as being “at crisis point” and warned classrooms were likely to be hit by strikes unless action was taken on pay.’
The ‘Scotsman’ report does not tell us exactly how many letters were actually received but careful, highly-skilled textual analysis of their use of the words ‘one’ (1 time) and ‘another’ (3 times), suggests that only four were received, from, only, ‘additional support teachers’ with presumably no whole-class responsibilities, and all in October 2018.
Now confirmed as 5! See: https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-18-03398/
There were 51 513 teachers in Scottish schools at the end of 2017.
The letters were sent directly to the FM, in October, after she encouraged teachers to come forward with any concerns they had about their schools. 0.007% seem to have responded. TuS Research Consultant, Professor Robertson, has declared the results ‘insignificant or whit?’
The Scottish Anonymous Letters Panel (SCALP) chair, Prof Robertson, has written to the ‘Scotsman’ to insist that they withdraw this frankly laughable headline and toss the text Forthwith: