Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, has welcomed the announcement that each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, including South Lanarkshire Council, has signed up to the deal proposed by the Scottish Government to safeguard the number of teachers.

As announced by the First Minister at First Minister’s Questions on Thursday 26th February, an agreement has been reached for councils to maintain teacher numbers and their pupil-teacher ratio for next year at 2014/15 levels - supported by a £51m package of support from the Scottish Government. In South Lanarkshire, this has led to 9 posts being retained in Primary 1 in the areas with the highest Free Meal Entitlement; 3 behavioural support posts in secondary schools and 28 posts in council nurseries.1

This came on the same day as a poll that showed the SNP is by far the most trusted party to safeguard the future of Scotland’s education system - outstripping Labour by more than two-to-one.

Commenting, Ms Campbell MSP said:

"My colleagues in the SNP Government are to be commended once again for their action to ensure our children get the best start in life. This funding from the SNP government will protect jobs in South Lanarkshire. This is excellent news for teachers and families, both in Clydesdale and across the country. Having quality teachers in our classrooms is one of the best ways to ensure our children have the best start in life.

"The SNP has an excellent record on education - with exam results standing at a record high, investing even more in tackling the attainment gap to ensure our least advantaged children have the opportunities they deserve and now securing teacher numbers in every local authority area in Scotland. This is exactly why people in Scotland trust the SNP with our education system more than each of the other parties put together. We remain committed to making sure our education system works for every child and that’s why I’m particularly glad to see this support protecting our most disadvantaged and our youngest children.

"We are clear that there is more to be done to ensure every child in Scotland has the first-class education system they deserve. Parents across the country can be assured, however, that the SNPGovernment will continue to work tirelessly to protect and improve our education system."


1. As outlined in the Press Release from South Lanarkshire Council, the Scottish Government Funding secured the following reductions in SLC job cuts:

"SAVING EDR 13: Class Sizes of 18

AMENDMENT: Reduce the saving from 14 to 5 posts. This will retain additional teaching staff in Primary 1 classes in the 20 highest Free Meal Entitlement schools.

SAVING EDR 14: Secondary Schools

AMENDMENT: Reduce saving from 7 posts to 4 posts. This will retain posts for behavioural support in the highest Free Meal Entitlement secondary schools.

SAVING EDR 18: Early Years

AMENDMENT: Reduce the saving from 35 posts to 7 posts. This will retain more teacher posts in council nurseries.

The total impact on the savings package of these changes was £636,000, making the total projected savings £17.606m. It is anticipated that £636,000 will be South Lanarkshire’s share of additional resource that the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and the Economy has indicated will be available to local authorities which maintain teacher numbers in 2015/16."

The full release is available here:

Further information from the Scottish Government can be found here:

Poll: SNP most trusted with Scottish education

Nicola Sturgeon announced the agreement in an answer to Jim Eadie MSP:



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