Henry Hepburn

Councils have ‘scope to reduce teacher numbers’

Budget cuts could reduce attainment and harm prospects of disadvantaged pupils

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A recurring message emerges if you pore over hundreds of pages of local authority budget plans and analysis: the time has come for education to take a greater share of cuts.

Despite recent news that they would receive a Scottish government settlement around £170 million higher than first thought – leading to some cuts being reduced or cancelled – local authorities are warning that education can no longer expect the same protection as in the past.

Tes Scotland analysis of councils’ budget plans – some already agreed, others not ratified at the time of writing – has also found admissions that ...

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