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Leading educationalists will be told today that educational reform must recognise the legitimate needs and interests of the teaching workforce if it is to secure lasting benefits for children and young people.
Addressing the Holyrood magazine’s conference on the teaching profession, Richard Bell, NASUWT National Executive Member for Scotland, will say: “Maintaining healthy teacher morale is not only fundamental to the current stability of the education system but also to its future success.
“There is no better way of compromising the quality of education than by undermining the working conditions of teachers.
“Teachers who are overburdened, stressed and poorly-supported cannot give of their best, day in, day out, where it matters most – in the classroom.
“Failure to think-through workforce considerations at the outset of the policy design process has resulted, as the Scottish Government accepts, in profoundly negative workload consequences for teachers and school leaders.
“Real efforts must be made to improve teachers’ pay and working conditions significantly if the system is to avoid a recruitment crisis developing into a retention crisis in the near future.”


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