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Commenting on the publication of the Coronavirus Education Recovery strategy by the Scottish Government, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:
 
“The education recovery strategy largely restates existing plans and policies. While there are some potentially helpful additional programmes and ideas, these seem at best to be bolt-ons to a pre-pandemic policy framework.
 
“Any effective recovery strategy needs to be based on a clear assessment of the full implications of the pandemic on both pupils and teachers and how these should be addressed. Without an effective assessment of the scale of the challenge, there is no way of knowing whether the amount of resource invested is likely to be sufficient.
 
“Given the central role of teachers to securing education recovery the strategy is disappointingly light on tangible actions to retain teachers, tackle the crisis in teacher morale, tackle excessive workload and deliver real improvements to teachers’ pay, without which the pledge to recruit additional teachers will not be realised.
 
“Recovery needs to be understood as a long-term process given the pandemic’s far-reaching effects, but this strategy fails to set out a holistic post-pandemic vision which would support children in all aspects of their lives, not just within formal education.” 

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