Are nearly all Scottish teachers not uncertain about returning?

This is a survey by a union based in Licky Hills Country Park in North Worcestershire. Their Scottish membership is not published.

The EIS has 54 580 members in Scotland, including FE and HE lecturers, and over 80% of all schoolteachers are members.

So NASUWT membership, in Scotland, 10 000 or less?

The survey ‘report’ indicates:

Nearly half of teachers who responded to the survey said they do not feel prepared to return to their school or college in August and just 22% said they feel safe or very safe as a result of the provisions their employer is putting in place to mitigate the risks of COVID-19.

Only 350 responded. So only around 3% of their members could be bothered to respond and only 2% were in a state of uncertainty? 98% were not.

There are 51 138 teachers in Scotland. Only 350, or 0.7% of all Scottish teachers responded to the NASUWT survey email or tweet. Three quarters of them, 262 or 0.52% are ‘in a state of uncertainty.’

So between 98% and 99.5% of Scottish teachers not uncertain? Using Reporting Scotland rounding-up practice, 100% not uncertain?

7 thoughts on “Are nearly all Scottish teachers not uncertain about returning?”

  1. 99.9% of Brit Nat mejah scribblers report exactly as required. So the actual % of teachers is irrevant to this story.
    It’s the TAILORING or the Bullsh!t that counts.
    Feel the width of the deceit.
    Note the warp of the misrepresentation.
    See the weave of the con.

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  2. This would be bordering on deceit—if there was a border!

    England now has a border with all the world–all except Scotland.

    What Boris doesn’t know is that the Scotland/England border is not a fixed line on the map—oh, no.

    It’s a DOTTED line—with “cut to remove” written on it.

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  3. You have not taken into account SSTA membership, which is probably greater than NASUWT membership in Scotland. So ,the NASUWT membership is probably no more than 4 000.

    Teachers, via their unions are involved in the discussions with other interested groups about the return to school. So, the ‘concerns’ of members will be being raised.

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    1. Your write: “Teachers, via their unions are involved in the discussions with other interested groups about the return to school. So, the ‘concerns’ of members will be being raised.” Absolutely right.

      The Scottish Government’s Education Recovery Group, which had its first meeting on 24 April, involves the following:

      (1) Scottish Government – ministers and education department officials;
      (2) Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSL);
      (3) Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES);
      (4) Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA);
      (5) Education Scotland (including the Chief Inspector of Education); (6) Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland (AHDS); (7) Early Years Scotland;
      (8) School Leaders Scotland (SLS);
      (9) National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS);
      (10) Perth & Kinross Council;
      (11) General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS);
      (12) Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS);
      (13) UNISON.

      There are 20 individuals in the Group in total. The minutes are published online.



  4. Over the past year or so the NASUWT seems to have become more prominent in matters relating to education and teachers in Scotland. It is a prominence stemming from media attention such as The Herald which has headlined some of their surveys/research. It is certainly not warranted by their size although size is never mentioned in the press or the fact that they are primarily an England-based teachers’ union.

    If I remember correctly in a previous post about the NASUWT someone mentioned their membership was 5% or less in Scotland.

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  5. Long, long ago, when I worked in a Scottish council education department, I did my best to avoid having anything to do with the NASUWT.

    I remember a meeting where the NASUWT representative started by telling my boss and me: “Our members are very concerned…” We asked how many members they had in the council area and how the representative knew they were concerned. For example, had they conducted a survey? What did they ask? How many replies did they get? Were they prepared to share the results of the survey so the employer could see what issues had to be addressed?

    Believe it or not, no cooncil (as in the cooncil should dae somethin aboot this) wants unhappy employees. Especially teachers, who are highly trained and well-motivated – and expensive to hire and to replace when things go wrong. Starting off belligerent, as this representative did doesn’t make for a good atmosphere in the workplace.

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