Unemployed Teachers

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 11th November 2021.

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Photo of Shirley-Anne Somerville Shirley-Anne Somerville Scottish National Party

The additional £240 million that I mentioned in my first answer to Alex Cole-Hamilton has already been provided and has supported the recruitment of more than 2,200 additional teachers and more than 500 support staff. The permanent funding of £145.5 million a year that we are providing to baseline local authority funds will allow the recruitment of even more additional teachers on permanent contracts. As I said in answer to Alex Cole-Hamilton, that means that we now have more teachers than at any time since 2008.