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TEACHERS CALL FOR RIGHT TO CRITICISE EMPLOYERS

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Scottish teachers will demand a whistle-blowers' charter with new rights to criticise their employers publicly when...
Scottish teachers will demand a whistle-blowers' charter with new rights to criticise their employers publicly when teachers meet at a union conference later this month, the Scotsman reports (p10).

The call follows a spate of incidents involving rows between teachers, head teachers and local authorities. In a well-known case two years ago the rector and other staff at the Nicholson Institute in Stornoway were disciplined for speaking to the press as an inquiry was launched into bullying.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has had a national code of conduct for authority employees drawn up. A COSLA spokeswoman said the code acknowledged some employees could be expected to have more freedom of expression than others.

However, the code also suggests media contact should only take place with council approval and there are grey areas as to whether a teacher can use their title and the name of their school.
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