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Education staff in Sutherland praised for overcoming coronavirus challenges


By Caroline McMorran

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Sutherland’s leading councillor has thanked education staff for their hard work during lockdown and the efforts they have made to prepare for schools to return in August.

Councillor Richard Gale, chairman of Sutherland County Committee, spoke out at a virtual meeting on Thursday after being given an update from Paul Senior, executive chief officer for education and learning, on the plans under way for the new term to begin safely.

Councillor Richard Gale, chairman of Sutherland County Committee.
Councillor Richard Gale, chairman of Sutherland County Committee.

M Senior told committee members that, as a region, Highland's education service was 'well positioned' in comparison to other local authorities because of its previous investment in chrome books and IT for pupils, which had paid off in lockdown.

Mr Senior added that staff had worked hard in all education departments.

He said: "I am keen that we recognise the whole school system including teachers as it comes together in readiness for August with the management of risk and safety of our staff and pupils at the forefront.”

Following the education official's address, Cllr Gale said: “I would like to express my gratitude for the teaching staff who have worked very hard to prepare for the different scenarios for the return to school.

“They have done a tremendous job and I would like to pass on our thanks to them for that.

"We look forward to working with Mr Senior not just as executive chief officer for Education and Learning but also as lead executive chief officer for Sutherland.”

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