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Commenting on the announcement by the Education Minister that the proposed Education (Scotland) Bill is to be shelved in favour of working with local authorities on reforms to education, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:
 
“The NASUWT had a number of significant concerns about the potential direction of travel signalled in the Bill so this announcement by the Minister is welcome
 
“In particular, the NASUWT had rejected plans to replace the General Teaching Council for Scotland, amid concerns that such a move could be used to undermine the professional status of teachers in Scotland. The Union welcomes the fact that the Minister appears to have heeded the strong opposition this proposal received.
 
“The NASUWT believes that the collaborative approach set out by the Minister is welcome, but must also include engagement with the NASUWT and other trade unions to ensure that any reforms are informed by and reflect the needs of teachers and the education workforce in general.”
 
Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:
 
“While the minister’s decision to pause the legislation is undoubtedly the right one, it will now be important that tangible action to tackle excessive teacher workload and bureaucracy is urgently taken by ministers and employers in order to achieve the aims set out by the minister of improving attainment and continuing to raise standards.”

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