Chat Room

5th October 2012 at 01:00
The latest chat from the TES Scotland forums

North Lanarkshire's plans for a severe schedule of savings

GuessWho: What concerns me is the fact that our unions are not getting stuck into the council about many of the proposals. Proposed major cutbacks in classroom assistants and learning support staff - if that's the case then inclusion must go.

Effinbankers: We moved to the 33 period week a couple of years ago, but we were told that it had nothing to do with money - the extra three periods (from 30) "would help implement CfE".

Everyone hates it - pupils and teachers. Period 5 has become the worst period to teach pre lunchtime, and you still have the unpleasantness of fourth year period 7.

Although very unpalatable, at least NLC is being honest about the true rationale behind it.

Dominie: I suspect that similar plans, if not so extreme, will be revealed by other local authorities before the month is out. Roll up your sleeves folks. We are heading for a rammie.

triadplus1: l "Review of ASN assistants: pound;312,000, 15 posts.

- Close all nurture groups: pound;483,000, 15 posts.

- Close all 70 breakfast clubs: pound;280,000, nine posts."

Short-term savings made at the expense of our vulnerable, the price will be paid by them immediately and by them (again) and also everyone else in the coming years.

Join the debate at

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now