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‘The regions can give schools a push – if they get proper funding’

The new regional collaboratives will only succeed with government investment, says Northern Alliance

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In August 2015, six councils in the North East of Scotland held a summit in a bid to shine a light on the problems they were having recruiting and retaining teachers – and come up with solutions. Since then, the relationship between the authorities has blossomed. The so-called Northern Alliance is the result.

Now every council in Scotland is to be part of one of six regional groupings for education – as announced by the government last month – and the Northern Alliance is regularly held up by education secretary John Swinney as an example of best practice. So how have these local authorities ...

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