Conservative candidate for Aberdeenshire East, expresses his gratitude to teachers at the end of term

Stewart Whyte, the Scottish Conservative candidate for Aberdeenshire East, has expressed his gratitude to teachers at the end of the school term.

Stewart Whyte, the Scottish Conservative candidate for Aberdeenshire East, expressed his gratitude to teachers at the end of term.

The Aberdeenshire secondary school teacher said

Speaking personally this has been the worst experience of my professional life. I really missed the interaction of the classroom and I found online lessons a frustrating experience.

I want to express my admiration and gratitude to my colleagues. They have done an incredible job in trying circumstances. Parents have been fantastic and, of course the pupils as ever have been brilliant.

The history teacher continued

I attended Crudie Primary School and Turriff Academy and I worked at Fraserburgh and Aboyne Academies. Aberdeenshire has always valued our schools but, I get the impression that this lockdown has renewed respect for what teaches do and the skills they have.”

I want to also praise Headteachers and their Senior Leadership Teams who had an especially trying time. Firstly, coping with setting up online teaching, then working incredibly hard on preparing for two metre distancing and blended learning. Now they have to prepare for a return to full time education but, with new measures.”

Like any teacher I have to bring it back to the pupils and for me in particular to exam age pupils. These past three months have been difficult but, with hard work you will still manage to succeed in your National 5s, Highers and Advanced Highers. In the long run this will have been a blip and your futures remain bright

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