The education union, EIS, has carried out a survey of it’s members in relation to teaching during coronavirus-related period of lockdown.
The survey, which gained 26,128 responses and thus a 60% response rate, asked its members about issues pertaining to school hubs, remote learning, health and wellbeing and returning to the school environment.
Almost 70% of respondents highlighted that they ‘strongly agreed’ with the EIS proposals to only re-open schools when it is safe to do so, or in other words, there is capacity to test, trace, isolate and significant operational changes in place. Additional comments showed that there is significant anxiety around reopening schools.
Further issues were highlighted in the report, however, in relation to some barriers pertaining to remote learning such as issues with access to Internet connection and negative consequences for their own health and wellbeing. That being said, teachers were largely pleased with how their school had responded to the challenges associated with remote learning and the blended hub model.
It was, however, highlighted that there has been a lack of consistency in safety standards in hubs during lockdown.
Labour MSP, Neil Findlay MSP said:
“This survey overwhelmingly highlights that our teachers are anxious to return to school without the appropriate safety measures in place. The Education Secretary, John Swinney, should study this report carefully to gather the views of teachers before he announces any form of return.
“Teachers have been integral to ensuring that children continue to learn during the coronavirus pandemic. The Scottish Government must ensure that they are listened to and looked after.