In the student rag, Herald, today, we had another ill-founded report of a crisis:
‘Teacher recruitment crisis: Scottish schools facing nearly 700 vacancies. HUNDREDS of teaching posts across Scotland remain unfilled less than two weeks before pupils return after the summer break. Research by The Herald has revealed there are currently some 670 teacher vacancies at primaries and secondaries across Scotland.’
BAJ Yr 1 Student: Denholm, A. Tutor: Prof Robertson 5/8/18
Your proposal re teacher shortages in Scotland is seriously short of evidence to back up your case or to contextualise your argument.
- How does the number of teachers per capita in Scotland compare with that in, say, England? A quick search finds: 51 513 teacher FTEs in Scotland https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/12/3099/348574 and 457 300 thousand FTEs in England https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/620825/SFR25_2017_MainText.pdfSo, Scotland has 10% of the population but 11.3% of the teachers.
- How do the pupil teacher ratios…
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We note with some dismay that the BBC are still persisting with todays BIG LIE that services personnel will suffer under the new tax rules by the Scottish government . Heard it on the news this morning and again just now on News at Six so it must be true right? Yes we know, don’t listen to the BBC, don’t watch it, etc,. Trouble is a lot of people still do. So we must flush out lies like this every day we see them.
Why do you think the staff numbers at David Mundell’s ‘bunker’ are so large and the social media ( cough) budget is so massive? There is an orchestrated campaign going on to keep people unaware at least and critical at best of all things positive about Scotland.
Earlier this morning we posted an excellent ‘fact checking’ post from the Ferret which nailed this story as false…
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When you see a newspaper headline that baldly states, “Court rules fracking is not banned, despite SNP rhetoric,” what are you going to think? What are you going to think happened in court this week when you know that the chemical giant Ineos has been taking legal action to challenge the Scottish Government on fracking and has been seeking a legal judgement allowing it to go ahead with fracking in Scotland? It’s not looking good for a fracking free Scotland, is it.
Judging from that headline, which appeared in the Herald on Tuesday, you’re going to think that the court found for Ineos and the prohibition on fracking in Scotland has been overturned. Fracking isn’t banned, says the headline. SNP very very bad, says the headline. Ooooh get that Nicola Sturgeon telling us all a big fat lie, eh, eh. Let’s go down the pub and get all worked up…
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Not everyone in the independence movement is thrilled by the Scottish Government’s Growth Commission report. Mildly left of centre and fiscally timid party produces mildly left of centre and fiscally timid economic report, shock horror. Imagine that eh, the SNP hasn’t come up with an economic plan that adopts all the measures favoured by the Socialists or the Greens. The Scottish Government hasn’t developed an economic plan that’s all about me me me and my favourite analysis. Cue a lot of stamping of feet and throwing of dummies. Cue some anguished articles in the overwhelmingly anti-independence press, and a far larger number of gloating articles in that press about how the independence movement is split and divided.
That’s not to say that the plans favoured by the Socialists or the Greens are not as worthwhile or capable of persuading people to the cause of independence as the SNP’s plans, of…
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