New whistle­blow­ing site

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS POLITICS -

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.

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