Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today called for McCrone 2 - a root and branch review and new agreement on teachers’ terms and conditions and the demands placed upon them.
The McCrone Agreement, reached sixteen years ago, was designed to take the teaching profession into the 21st century.
Mr Scott today argued that a new independent root and branch review of the conditions teachers are working under is necessary given that workloads continue to increase and more powers and responsibilities are set to be handed to schools and headteachers.
Mr Scott commented:
“Teachers work incredibly hard educating and inspiring the next generation but it has become abundantly clear that many don’t get the support they need and deserve.
“It has been well over a decade since the McCrone Report and Agreement. Teachers have told me that it is no longer fair nor representative of what they are required to do. Their workloads have increased, they have seen cuts to support in the classroom and new powers and responsibilities are on their way to schools and headteachers in particular.
“That it is why it is time for a new independent root and branch review of the arrangements for teachers - McCrone 2.
“Teaching is an amazing profession but there is an urgent need to make it more desirable to potential and existing teachers. They have a right to manageable workloads, sufficient time to prepare engaging lessons and to not be burdened with bureaucracy. It is clear that isn’t happening at the moment.
“With exam results published this week and many schools returning the week after, teachers and pupils will be getting to grips with the challenges of the year ahead. Teachers’ working arrangements must be fit for purpose if they are all to be given the best chance of succeeding.”