Agreement to Maintain Teacher Numbers Reached

All 32 Local Authorities Sign up to Scottish Government Plan

The SNP has welcomed today’s announcement that each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities has signed up to the deal proposed by the Scottish Government to safeguard the number of teachers.

As announced by the First Minister today, an agreement has been reached for councils to maintain teacher numbers and their pupil-teacher ratio for next year at 2014/15 levels – supported by a £51m package of support from the Scottish Government.

This comes on the day that a poll shows that the SNP is by far the most trusted party to safeguard the future of Scotland’s education system – outstripping Labour by more than two-to-one.

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam said:

“This is excellent news for both teachers and families across the country – having quality teachers in our classrooms is one of the best ways to ensure our children have the best start in life and this agreement will protect teacher numbers across country.

“The SNP has an excellent record on education – with exam results standing at a record high, investing even more in tackling the attainment gap to ensure our least advantaged children have the opportunities they deserve and now securing teacher numbers in every local authority area in Scotland. This is exactly why people in Scotland trust the SNP with our education system more than each of the other parties put together.

“And while we are clear that there is more to be done to ensure every child in Scotland has the first-class education system they deserve – parents across the country can be assured that the SNP will work tirelessly to continue to protect and improve our education system.”

 

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Poll: SNP most trusted with Scottish education