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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07328: Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 17 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider establishing a national database of available supply teachers.

Answered by: John Swinney 2 March 2017

To support the availability of supply teachers for schools in Scotland the Scottish Government recently increased the Primary supply assumption in the teacher workforce planning model from 8% to 12%, while increasing overall teacher student intake targets for the sixth year in a row.

We are currently working with local authority and teacher organisation partners on the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) to develop a national supply booking system where those teachers seeking supply opportunities will be able to register their availability, making it easier for local authorities to identify and access available supply teachers. This system is currently being piloted.