Hidden education budget cuts

28th March 2008 at 00:00
Posted by serengetinightmare

Am I the only teacher in Scotland furious at the cuts? Schools in my authority have to make six or more staff surplus. In Renfrewshire it means about 50 or so teachers ... where are they going to go? Where does that leave supply teachers? Where does that leave newly qualified teachers looking for a job?

Posed by Winaukee

It is a shambles. I know one school in Edinburgh that isn't going to run chemistry next year cos their only chemistry teacher is leaving.

Posted by CanuckGrrl

Surely millions could be saved cutting out duplication at the top and middle management layers in all authorities? Does Scotland need, and can it afford, 32, each with its own expensive hierarchy of managers?

Posted by Durkin

Do you really think that sufficient savings could be made by centralising EA support? I don't. You'd still want to have local offices which need DDs, EOs, staffing, heating and so on, and local training.

Posted by bigjimmy

Health and police are more centralised, so that model may be worth looking at. Like nurses and police officers, we need more front-line troops rather than "business managers" and directors.

Posted by funkydelia

Looks like Fife are gradually going to wind up their visiting teacher specialist department.

Posted by ScotSEN

Aberdeen City is facing cuts too.

Posted by serengetinightmare

I heard that North Ayrshire will not be reducing classroom teachers, but are trying to save money by getting rid of assistants.

Posted by cozycoupe

I heard South Lanarkshire has 17 posts but they'll be filled by surplus teachers. Why still the interviews?

Posted by WonkoTheSane

We're losing three in our school (Highland) and if staff leave for other reasons, they aren't being replaced. We may not be able to run Advanced Highers next year - and this is a school of 1,200 pupils.

Posted by santamonica

Cozycoupe, these surplus teachers are only from two schools, so God knows how many surplus we'll have across all schools.

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