To reverse the decision to remove a Gaelic medium teacher at Bun-sgoil Shlèite in the Isle of Skye

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To reverse the decision to remove a Gaelic medium teacher at Bun-sgoil Shlèite in the Isle of Skye

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Bun-sgoil Shlèite Parent Council started this petition to HIGHLAND COUNCIL

Highland Council is to remove one of the three Gaelic-medium teachers from Bun-sgoil Shlèite in August due to teacher-pupil ratios. We wish to retain three Gaelic teachers at Bun-sgoil Shlèite to avoid having a composite class where P1-P4 would be taught together.

Total immersion is vital in GME and this would be lost as English is introduced in P4. Furthermore, Bun-sgoil Shlèite has a teaching head teacher, a role which in a Gaelic School with an English unit comes with a number of very specific duties and extra pressures. The loss of a teacher would add significantly to those pressures. There will also be no Gaelic Medium Support for learning teacher which will further increase the burden of the remaining staff.

Bun-sgoil Shlèite was the first school in Scotland to be designated a Gaelic School with an English Stream, and as such has been held up as an example of how this system can work and has maintained a very high standard of education. The projected school rolls for the year after next show that a third Gaelic teacher will have to be re-employed, and so it does not seem logical to remove a teacher for one year only given the adverse impact it will have on the education of the children and the continuity of their education.

The additional requirements of GME mean that composite classes of 20-plus with three or four classes are very difficult to teach, and the key recommendation of total immersion for at least P1-P3 should not be ignored if at all possible. For all of the above reasons we would like Highland Council to retain the three Gaelic teachers at Bun-sgoil Shlèite for school year 2015-2016.

 

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