Date lodged: 23 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to its commitment in the Programme for Government 2017-18, how many schools currently have a home-school link worker.
Answered by: John Swinney 10 August 2018
Based on data collected as part of the September 2017 school staff census there were 201 FTE home school link workers employed in Scotland and each worker may serve multiple schools. In addition to these staff, other local authority staff may provide similar functions to home school link workers.
The Scottish government has committed to ensuring that every school in Scotland has access to a home school link worker by the end of 2019.
In order to meet this commitment the Scottish Government has established a Home School Link Worker National Working Group with representatives from the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland, Council of Scottish Local Authorities and Education Scotland. As part of its remit the National Working Group intends to work with local authorities to build a clearer picture of the exact numbers of staff across Scotland providing a home school link worker function.