While this is not directly related to Trinity Academy the campaign below may be of interest to some of our members.
The EIS is trying to draw attention to the proposals from the City of Edinburgh Council to remove all nursery teachers from nursery classes, and nursery headteachers from nursery schools. This proposal has been made as part of a wider programme of budget cuts. The believe many Edinburgh residents are unaware of the proposal and its implications, and aiming to draw people attention to it. Their concern is that…
we recognise the huge budget pressures being faced by the Council, we feel that the immediate salary savings that would be made by removing these teachers and replacing them with staff who are paid on a lower grade and are qualified to a lower level, will be more than lost by the long term costs due to children receiving a poorer experience in the early years. In particular, we think the lack of specialist educational input will result in poorer transitions into P1, a loss of expertise around identifying additional support needs, less successful links between home and nursery, and will undermine attempts to close the attainment gap.
You can find more information about this issue on the EIS campaign website. If you share their concerns about this proposal, they are asking for people to sign a petition and contact their local councillors to let them know your views.