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S5W-13207: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of it investing an additional £88 million to maintain teacher numbers and support probationer teachers in 2016-17, what its response is to reports that there remains a shortage of teachers. 

Answered by: John Swinney 15 December 2017

I refer the member to my answer to her previous question S5W-12808 answered on 23 November 2017 which outlines the actions the Scottish Government is taking to increase teacher recruitment.

I am pleased to report that “The Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland” was published on 12 December 2017 and shows that there are 543 more full-time equivalent teachers than last year. This is the second year in a row that we have seen teacher numbers increase. In addition 2,864 newly qualified probationer teachers started on the Teacher Induction Scheme in August 2017, which is 231 more than last year.

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