Scott: Teaching profession considering mass exodus

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today warned the Scottish Government that schools are facing a staff "exodus" after a new report revealed that 40% of teachers are considering leaving their job within the next 18 months.

Alongside criticisms of working conditions and the lack of support from management, the survey of 5,000 members of the EIS teaching union found that on average teachers work at a minimum 11 hours more than they are contracted to each week.

Mr Scott pressed the Scottish Government to commission a root and branch review of teachers' terms and conditions.

Mr Scott said:

"This new research paints a shocking picture of the conditions faced by educators in our schools. Our teachers are overworked, overstressed and on the verge of an exodus.

"The Scottish Government are insisting that they will press ahead with top-down reform of the education system but they have comprehensively failed to ensure that teachers pay and working conditions are up to scratch.

“If they are serious about reforming Scottish education they must first recognise the crucial role played by teachers and support staff. It is time they commissioned an independent root and branch review of teachers’ terms and conditions - a new McCrone report - and the demands placed upon them.”

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