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Seonag Mackinnon Seonag Mackinnon | 14:32 UK time, Friday, 11 February 2011

It seems a flak jacket should be the garment of choice for teachers just now.

There's been a series of attacks on pay and conditions.

First up politicians proposing a two year pay freeze - effectively a pay cut as inflation is escalating.

There's to be a review of the McCrone deal.

And Cosla is already tackling gains such as chartered teacher status and its pay levels.

Now a think tank the Centre for Scottish Public Policy - run by a former teacher - is calling on teachers to surrender a week's holiday to CPD each year so that in-service days are less disruptive for families.

That suggestion seemed to strike a chord. When my colleague Jackie O'Brien in Inverness interviewed parents outside Central Primary she found many had already thought about the report they'd first heard about on BBC TV and radio that morning. It is unusual to find this level of awareness of an education issue in the news.

Interestingly the straw poll indicated a gender divide. Mothers seemed to be supportive of reorganisation of in-service days while dads indicated the current arrangement is absolutely fine.

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