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Closing the support gap

A survey of 1,800 schools carried out last year by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers found that support staff numbers had increased by just 14 per cent in 2001-02. This included administration and technician personnel.

The Executive insists, however, that cash is on its way. Last September's spending review increased the sums for inclusion and to comply with the new disability legislation to pound;19 million more in 2004-05 and pound;21 million in 2005-06. Another pound;8 million is committed to training.

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