Emma Seith

Scottish election: Teacher-training pledges ring hollow

Scottish election: Teacher-training pledges ring hollow

We have already analysed the parties’ (many) manifesto pledges that relate to education but, in this, our last issue before the Scottish Parliament elections on Thursday, we home in on one pledge that all five main parties have in common: to increase teacher numbers.

The SNP is promising 3,500 more teachers over the course of the next Parliament, the Tories and Labour 3,000 and the Greens 5,500.

On the face of it, this is positive. But the reality is that more teachers is only half the battle, as the 1,700 teachers in Scotland looking for secure work will gladly testify – and have done ...

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