Well down the page: ‘Jim Thewliss, from teachers’ group School Leaders Scotland says schools did not know the change was coming until it was announced at Holyrood last week and that it had been an enormous logistical task.’
School Leaders Scotland is a pressure group representing head teachers. Mr Thewliss seems remarkably insensitive to the challenges of dealing with a pandemic. The Scottish Government could not make this decision until they saw the data on infection level drops. Schools have two full weeks to plan a small scale return for only some of their pupils as part of phased induction, entirely normal in any organisation that cares about its customers.
The reaction of Thewliss strikes me as just irritable reluctance to do the job is he is well-paid to do. Why can’t he do what so many others are doing to make things work?
Then the claim:
This is counterproductive in relation to the systems we have set up for remote learning and engaging people in their remote learning. This destroys a great deal of that and distracts school leadership teams from doing that to put a cobbled-together process in place for two weeks.
You will be hard-pushed to find anyone within my professional association, even any teacher in Scotland, who thinks this is a good idea.
What’s his evidence? All we have here is one-man’s negativity.
Mind you I can see why he must struggle to do his day job:
General Secretary, represents SLS on:
- Scottish Education Council
- Strategic Board on Teacher Education
- National Improvement Framework Professional Associations Group
- SCEL Stakeholder Forum
- SCEL Excellence in Headship
- COSLA Education Policy Sounding Board
- Teacher Workforce Planning Advisory Group
- Head Teacher Recruitment Working Group
- Developing the Young Workforce Chair/Manager meeting
- Scottish Learning Festival Planning Group
- Education Scotland External Reference Group
- Career Pathways National Steering Group
- LGBT Inclusive Education Group
- Commission on Widening Access Implementation Group
- Access Delivery Group
- GTCS Professional Review and Development Group
- Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT)
- School Library Strategy Group
- 15 – 24 Learner Journey Group