The Herald clearly has a hotline to teacher’s union reps, to ‘parent groups’ with tiny membership and to ‘school leaders who do not want to be named.’ They headline today with another piece of shoddy journalism making a story out of almost no evidence:
Schools face “chaos” after the summer holidays due to the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s decision to introduce an extended results deadline, according to criticisms that are fuelling demands for an overhaul of alternative assessment. New guidance says a “limited opportunity” to provide provisional grades by September 3 is being created to ensure “a degree of equity” for those “unduly disadvantaged” by disruption to education during the pandemic.
What seems to have triggered the latest outburst is the SQA’s offer of an extension to the deadline for teachers to submit assessment grades:
September 3rd! NFW! I’ll just be back from a month in Portugal!
Once more, some teacher union reps and their handful of assistant whingers make it clear that we are not in this together. The Herald doesn’t even tell us which union. Is it that wee one based in England? Not the EIS?
Who is the ‘one school leader’ saying the extension will cause chaos? Why is there only one from hundreds saying this?
His solution? This:
‘Inferred attainment?’ No need for evidence? Does he not see the enormous risks in such an unscientific, subjective approach open to the effects of pressure from parents and students who know the teacher, who live near the teacher, who play golf with the teacher, who are related to the teacher, who might threaten the teacher?
Just let the teacher make up the grade based on what they think the pupil might be capable of? A year later, imagine the heap of unreliable, biased data uncovered by researchers using objective measures?
They’ve spent the last year trying to keep schools closed despite the evidence of harm to children and pleading to jump the vaccination queue despite the evidence they’re less at risk than many other professions.
The SQA provides guidance written by other teachers and they don’t like it. When they complain about the timescale, they get an extension and that interferes with their holidays. The SQA cannot win because the teacher’s unions will not put their shoulders to the wheel like the rest of the workforce has, in difficult times.