SNP Funding Boosts Teacher Numbers Across Paisley

MSP Praises Education Commitment In Face Of Tory, Labour And Lib Dem Opposition


SNP Government education funding has boosted teacher numbers across Renfrewshire – part of an increase of 543 teachers across Scotland – as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to education, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam has said.


Teacher numbers in Renfrewshire have risen from 1,633 to 1,656 – while the number across Scotland has increased substantially to 51,513 – 543 more than last year, with 666 full-time equivalent teachers being funded through the Attainment Scotland Fund, money that the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems voted against.


There has also been an improvement in the pupil teacher ratio across Scotland, while skills in reading, writing, listening, talking and numeracy are strong – with the proportion of S3 pupils achieving Curriculum for Excellence Third Level or better being between 88% and 91% for each skillset.


George Adam MSP

Commenting, George said:


“These figures prove that the SNP Government’s approach is working for schools across Paisley and throughout Scotland.


“Despite Tory, Labour and Lib Dem opposition, the SNP is delivering funding aimed at increasing teacher numbers and cutting the attainment gap – and this is already bearing fruit.


“We now have 23 more teachers in Renfrewshire than we did this time last year, and an additional 543 across Scotland. With this record of delivery, it is no surprise that pupils are performing strongly across reading, writing, listening, talking and numeracy.


“The SNP has made closing the attainment gap a key priority of this parliament – and these latest statistics show that our efforts are making progress on this, with 666 full-time equivalent teachers across Scotland being funded by the Attainment Scotland Fund.


“It is important that we don’t get complacent and keep working to improve education in Scotland – but given the clear progress that has been made, it would be good to see the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems dropping their political opposition and getting behind our positive efforts to support our young people across Paisley.”


School Leavers Going on to Positive Destinations at a Record High

George Adam MSP

George Adam MSP

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed positive new figures for Scotland’s education sector which show record numbers of school leavers going on to positive destinations – and the number of schools meeting the PE provision target increasing dramatically in the last year.

Figures have been published today showing that 90 per cent of school leavers went on to a positive destination in March 2014 – the highest level on record.

The figures have also been published showing that 96 per cent of schools in Scotland were meeting the target for PE provision in February 2014 – an 11 per cent increase over the last year.

Commenting, George said:

“These figures are a welcome endorsement of the strength of Scotland’s world-class education system – and an example of the Scottish Government’s commitment to education paying dividends.

“That the numbers of school leavers going on to positive destinations has increased to a record high is very encouraging – and follows on from ONS figures showing that Scotland is the most highly educated country in Europe with the numbers of people going on to higher and tertiary education ‘just about the highest in the world’.

“In Paisley, all primary and secondary schools are meeting PE provision targets and across Scotland as a whole, 96% of schools are hitting this target. This is very encouraging and shows that Scotland’s children are becoming more active and Scotland is steadily becoming a healthier nation. With the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup taking place on our doorstep this year, coupled with Wimbledon and the World Cup, we truly have a wonderful summer of sport to enjoy, hopefully spurring people on to take up one of the sports themselves.

“Today’s figures are an encouraging sign of the great progress that is being made in Scotland’s schools – and with the Curriculum for Excellence now being rolled out we can build on this progress and make Scotland’s education system even stronger.”


George Pays Tribute to Hard Working Teachers and Pupils

George delivering a speech to students

George delivering a speech to students

With last Friday [6/6/14] being the last day of exams in Scotland, Paisley’s MSP George Adam has paid tribute to pupils, teachers, schools, colleges and local authorities for their roles in this year’s qualifications.

Friday’s examinations – Building Construction, Managing Environmental Resources and Early Education and Childcare at Higher, Environmental Science at National 5 and Managing Environmental Resources at Intermediate 1 and 2 – are the last in a 28-day process administered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

As well as Intermediates, Highers and Advanced Highers, this year included, for the first time, exams for the new National 5 qualifications, which replaced Standard Grade (Credit) as part of the on-going implementation of Curriculum for Excellence.

With this year’s exams concluded, all candidates will receive their results on Tuesday 5 August.

Comment George said, “With the exams now over, it’s time for all the pupils and staff to enjoy a well-earned holiday, before the pupils undoubtedly start getting butterflies in their stomach in the lead up to the 5th August. I want to say well done to the pupils for all their hard work and hope they get the result they need, no matter what path they choose to follow in their futures. I would also like to pay tribute to teachers, parents, schools, local authorities and colleges for all their efforts in preparing young people over the year.

“The Scottish Government, working closely with the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Education Scotland, has provided an unprecedented level of support to help teachers and schools prepare for Curriculum for Excellence and the National Qualifications.

“Curriculum for Excellence has been designed to equip our young people with the skills they need to succeed both in Scotland and in the global workplace, with local authorities having the freedom to shape education to meet the needs of our pupils, whatever their background. I believe this is a very positive move, making sure we give our young people the best opportunity to get on in life when they finish their studies.”