New whistleblowing site
A whistleblowing website for teachers has been launched by a Fife educator after a series of anonymous open letters criticised the Scottish Government’s record on schools.
Science teacher Mark Wilson created the Dear Madam President blog to counter what he described as the “arrogant” response of Education Secretary John Swinney to concerns about pressures facing staff.
The website, which went live earlier this week, claims to offer teachers “a forum, a place to speak out about the challenges, the concerns and the obstacles they face and have in their daily workplace” by encouraging open anonymous submissions.
The blog has been used to accuse Mr Swinney of being a minister who “refuses to listen to practising teachers and who is dismissive in his responses to professionals seeking assistance”.
Mr Swinney defended his record of engaging with educators by pointing to a quarterly Teacher Panel and the Perthshire North MSP accused opponents of politicising education at the SNP conference earlier this week following a fierce row over testing.