When I was still in the classroom, we had a rhyme – ‘Old John Pollock had a strike, Eeee, Aye, Eee, Aye, ESSS!’
John Pollock, EIS boss back in the eighties, was the man credited with the transformation of the teacher union into Scotland’s equivalent of the NUM and getting us a decent pay deal from the Thatcher regime and their Labour ‘lodgers in power’ in Edinburgh.
The kids in his school, Mainholm Academy in Ayr, like him now gone, used to chant that rhyme, a friend tells me.
My friend was also belted by Pollock. He could ‘draw the belt!’
Anyhoo, the new man at the helm seems to have a campaign of less appeal and based on a series of ever desperate whinges, mainly in the Herald, to get schools closed and at the same time damage the SNP pandemic strategy which is going far too well for those on the old left in Scotland. The full story is here:
Again the EIS survey is based on another sell-selecting sample of the kind academic researchers say suffers from ‘squeaky wheel syndrome.’
Technically, it’s sh*te.
The full facts on safety in schools during a pandemic are here:
Here are the key points, again:
Though infection levels have risen in schools, there has been no surge, teachers have been shown to be no more at risk than other frontline workers and most of all, in the words of Professor Sridhar:
The overwhelming evidence from across the world is that children are safest in school and that school closures increase educational inequalities and have long-term detrimental outcomes for young people. Scotland’s success in providing primary and secondary children full-time, in-person learning from mid-August should be an example for other countries in the world deciding their schools’ policy.
Will they give up now for Christmas? Will they…..!
Dear reader, what will they try next? Answers below.
School hand sanitisers placed too high for smaller teachers!