Closure of the New School Butterstone: independent review report

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills commissioned this independent review, conducted by James Martin CBE, into the closure of the New School Butterstone to consider the procedures and circumstances which led to the closure.

Annex D: Summary of media coverage

The media search covered the period 20 November 2018 to 11 December 2019, the period before the closure of the School was announced on 23 November 2018, to the announcement of an independent review by the Deputy First Minister on 8 November 2019. A total of 33 media reports were identified in that period.

In the 2018 period, 11 media articles appeared: eight from the local Dundee-based Courier; two online on BBC News Scotland Business and one in the Scottish edition of the national newspaper the Daily Record.

Throughout 2019, there were 22 media reports identified: 10 appeared in The Courier; five in National newspapers (one each in the Times and the National and three in the Daily Record); 4 in online BBC News and one on STV News. Articles also appeared in and support group websites.

These articles appeared fairly continuously throughout 2019 until June, and then restarted in November as the anniversary of the school's closure approached.



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