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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-02369
Asked by: Bob Doris, Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 18 August 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to support teacher recruitment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Current status: Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 August 2021


Answer

To support education recovery during the pandemic, the Scottish Government has committed funding that has enabled local authorities to recruit an additional 1,400 teachers and 250 support staff. From April 2022, funding equating to £80m per annum will be baselined in to the local government settlement. This will ensure local authorities are able to offer sustained employment of additional teachers and support staff, while meeting local needs and benefitting Scotland’s children and young people.

This is in addition to the £65.5m permanent additional funding announced on
‎ 9 August for local authorities to recruit a further additional 1,000 teachers and 500 support staff.