Meeting the Cabinet Secretary

27 Apr

April 2017

By Jennifer Barnes, Senior Professional Officer (Scotland)

General Secretary Deborah Lawson,  Scottish Executive Committee Chairman Caroline McDonald and I met the Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, in April.  

This was a welcome opportunity to discuss our Scottish members’ concerns, such as the potential impact of the governance review on headteacher recruitment and the impact of budget cuts on school support staff numbers.

We welcomed the Cabinet Secretary’s view that the role of headteacher should be one of a leader of learning, with appropriate supports to be put in place for headteachers in undertaking their role.

Voice Scotland looks forward to reviewing the detail of the next steps in the governance review once these are announced in June.

We also took the opportunity to make clear the difficulties we foresee during the course of early years expansion to 1140 hours by 2020, given the lack of a national terms and conditions framework for early years practitioners.









John Swinney MSP

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One Response to “Meeting the Cabinet Secretary”

  1. Richard Fraser 05. May, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    “The expansion of early years provision can’t be done on the cheap” by Jennifer Barnes, Voice Scotland, in ‘TES Scotland’, 5 May 2017

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