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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06173: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take in light of the finding in the Civil Service People Survey 2016 that suggests that 35% of Education Scotland staff “want to leave Education Scotland as soon as possible, or within the next 12 months”, and what its position is on whether the organisation can continue in its present structure.

Answered by: John Swinney 26 January 2017

Historically, staff turnover in Education Scotland has been relatively low. In common with most organisations, Education Scotland expects a degree of turnover in staffing. To that extent, Education Scotland succession plans wherever possible to ensure that vacant posts in the organisation are filled swiftly. All structures and agencies within Scottish Education are being looked at as part of the Education Governance review. The role and functions of Education Scotland are being considered in that context.