TEACHING UNION CRITICISES LOSS OF SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS PUPILS

The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association, representing 8500 secondary teachers in Scotland, today criticised the withdrawal of education support from some pupils who are diagnosed as having special education needs and have identified support requirements. The SSTA General Secretary, Ann Ballinger,…

SSTA appoint new General Secretary

The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association representing 9000 teachers in Scotland’s secondary schools has appointed Ann Ballinger as its new General Secretary. Mrs Ballinger is currently President of the Association. The other candidate for the post was Mr George Sturrock, a…

Teacher union criticises consultation on new exams

The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association, representing 9,000 teachers in Scotland’s secondary schools, today attacked the consultation exercise conducted to gauge support for the new examination system proposed for fourth year students in Scottish schools. In a letter to members, Association…

RETIREMENT OF DAVID EAGLESHAM, GENERAL SECRETARY

The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association today confirmed the early retirement of its General Secretary, David Eaglesham with effect from the end of December 2008. The Council of the Association had already been informed of Mr Eaglesham’s intention to retire early.…

SSTA CONCERNED ABOUT EXPLOITATION OF CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS

SSTA CONCERNED ABOUT EXPLOITATION OF CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association today commented on the role of Classroom Assistants in schools across Scotland, and in particular on evidence that Classroom Assistants were being forced to be substitute teachers. “Our…

SSTA CALLS FOR EXTRA HELP FOR POLISH CHILDREN

The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association today called on the Scottish Government to assist children from the Polish and other incoming communities with the language barriers which exist in many Scottish schools. “SSTA members are increasingly alerting us to the problems…

SSTA WARNING ON CHILD SAFETY DANGER

SSTA WARNING ON CHILD SAFETY DANGER The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association today warned that there is a real danger of chaos if the Scottish Parliament does not proceed urgently with the Bill designed to improve child protection (Protection of Vulnerable…

SSTA EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT PROGRESS REPORT ON TEACHING

SSTA EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT PROGRESS REPORT ON TEACHING The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA) has commented on the report published today by HMIe (Schools Inspectors) entitled “Teaching Scotland’s Children.” “Whilst we welcome the many positive findings from the report, it…