Scottish teacher workload to rise as support staff axed

The TES is reporting an analysis of official figures that, it says, “lays bare the true extent of cuts to support staff in Scottish schools.”  

Thousands of non-teaching staff face losing their jobs in the wake of the 2016-17 budget deal from Scottish government councils warned MSPs this week. The deal will leave local authorities £350 million worse off this year, councils said.

But our analysis shows that many posts have already disappeared, with the number of support staff in Scottish schools dropping by nearly 10 per cent between 2010 and 2015 (from 19,332 to 17,498)…

The number of behaviour support staff working in Scottish schools dropped by more than a third; library staff and office managers by over a quarter; and administrators and additional support needs staff by about 10 per cent.

The number of school support staff employed at council level – from quality improvement officers to music instructors – has also been slashed, with the total employed across Scotland’s 32 councils dropping by 20 per cent between 2010 and 2014 (figures for 2015 have yet to be published)…

This is an edited article from the 26 February edition of TESS

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This sounds like an extremely significant level of cuts in Scotland – what impact is it having?

And are we to expect the same to happen elsewhere across the UK?

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