Joint letter to John Swinney

Letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills from the Teachers’ Side of the SNCT, including Voice Scotland, urging the Scottish Government to continue to exercise the greatest caution regarding the reopening of schools. (Plus John Swinney's reply.)

"We write as the Teachers’ Side of the SNCT, representing all of Scotland’s Professional Associations, to urge that the Scottish Government continues to exercise the greatest caution regarding the reopening of schools.

"We have been alarmed by the cavalier attitude of the UK Government whose unilateral announcement of schools reopening on June 1st, albeit on a reduced scale, has created confusion, concern, and fear amongst teachers and parents....

"Why would we risk the gains of the lockdown weeks by moving too quickly on schools reopening?

"And for what benefit? Most schools close in June. Pulling pupils back for a week or even two is approaching meaningless, especially as many parents will see little value in the exercise and almost certainly keep children at home rather than run a risk to their health."

Read the letter  (pdf)

Read Mr Swinney's reply    (pdf)

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