Commenting on the Scottish Government’s response, Jennifer Hannah, Senior Professional Officer (Scotland) with Voice: the union for education professionals, said:
“We broadly welcome the Scottish Government’s response and its acceptance of most of the Commission’s recommendations.
“We are particularly pleased by the Education Secretary’s recognition of the importance of educational benefit.
“It is also our view that educational benefit should be the primary benefit under consideration. This is, of course, inextricably linked to other benefits, such as social benefits for the community.
“However, whilst it was recommended that Education Scotland should have a wider role in school closure matters, in our view this should not ‘drown out’ the contributions to be made by other bodies directly affected by any proposal.
“Voice will study the response in full and will look to engage with the Government on how any recommendations that have an impact on the terms and conditions of staff are to be taken forward, including exploring solutions to reduce the barriers to teaching in remote areas.”
Voice: the union for education professionals, which represents teachers, head teachers, support staff and childcarers, is based in Derby and Edinburgh.
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