‘We can wave goodbye to narrowed attainment gap’

The support staff squeeze is laid bare as union warns that a key SNP pledge is under threat. By Henry Hepburn

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It is the unreported, granular detail that takes one aback in new statistics on school support staff. The series of spreadsheets of official figures reads like a spool of binary data from a Bletchley Park codebreaking machine: 0s and 1s scattered across many of the tables.

Eighteen councils have zero behaviour support staff in their schools, for example; 18 have zero school nurses “or other medical” staff; and 13 have zero home-school link workers – although two authorities do have centrally employed nurses or similar and six have centrally employed home-school link workers. The figures chime ...

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