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EIS Responds to Scottish Government Statement on Bailey Gwynne Report

31 January 2017

The EIS has welcomed today’s Scottish Parliament statement by Cabinet Secretary John Swinney in relation to the Bailey Gwynne Report’s findings. 

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The death of Bailey Gwynne was a tragedy that shocked and deeply saddened the educational community across Scotland. It was absolutely right that a major independent review was carried out into the circumstances that led to this tragic event.

"The EIS welcomes the fact that the Scottish Government has taken the time to look carefully at the results of the review, and that it has delivered an appropriately measured response on what is clearly a very challenging and emotive issue.”

Mr Flanagan added, "The EIS believes that the Scottish Government has taken the correct view in ruling out statutory powers to enable searching of pupils without parental support.

"Experience from England, where teachers have such power, does not suggest that it is a crucial area of intervention. Instead the focus should continue to be on building positive relationships in schools, creating an atmosphere of trust so that students can report concerns to staff, and ensuring that students are aware of the dangers associated with carrying weapons.”