Scottish government

Teachers 'anxious' about safety ahead of school return

Good Morning Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland


Teachers should be tested regularly when schools return in August, a national executive member for the teaching union NASUWT says.

Mike Corbett told Good Morning Scotland that he was looking for “clarity” from the first minister on how safe school buildings would be “into the future”.

Nicola Sturgeon is expected to confirm later that Scotland's schools will reopen in full next month.

Mr Corbett, who is also a teacher, said staff were looking forward to being back in school with pupils, but said there was “some anxiety” about safety.

“One of key things there revolves around testing,” he said.

We’ve seen the issues with care homes and the lack of testing there. It’s not escaped us that professional footballers are being tested twice a week, so we think there should be a programme for testing staff in schools so we can catch anyone who’s asymptomatic early on before there’s any potential spread.

Mike CorbettNASUWT