Local authorities sign up to maintain teacher numbers

Christian Allard MSP.
Christian Allard MSP.

SNP MSP Christian Allard has welcomed the news that all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities have signed up to safeguarding the number of teaching posts across the country in 2015-16, supported by the Scottish Government’s £51 million package to maintain teacher numbers.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced in Parliament that agreement had been reached after every authority committed to maintaining their teacher numbers and their pupil-teacher ratio for next year.

As part of the budget settlement for 2015-16, the Scottish Government offered local authorities across the country a share of £51 million to maintain teacher numbers and the pupil teacher ratio in their area.

Commenting, North East MSP Christian Allard said:

“It is fantastic that all local authorities, including those in the North East, have committed to maintaining teacher numbers - backed by this Scottish Government funding.

“Ensuring that young people get the best possible start in education is vital and sustaining teacher levels is an important part of this.

“There is undoubtedly more work to be done to make sure that more people are attracted to the teaching profession – that is why we must widen the recruitment pool, not reduce it.”