Date lodged: 27 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the capacity to provide Gaelic medium education in light of the demand for this.
Answered by: John Swinney 8 February 2017
The Scottish Government is aware of the capacity issues associated with the increasing demand for Gaelic education. The question of capacity generally focuses on staffing, accommodation and resources. Information is collected on pupil and teacher numbers by the Scottish Government and Bòrd na Gidhlig and the uptake of Gaelic at the Early Learning and Childcare stage is also a good indication of future numbers at primary. New routes have been created, and are being promoted, to attract increasing numbers of Gaelic teachers into the profession or to transfer to Gaelic teaching. The Scottish Government has a Gaelic schools capital fund which has assisted a number of authorities with future Gaelic education accommodation needs and with the establishment of the e-Sgoil. In addition, both the Scottish Government and Bòrd na Gidhlig will maintain their support for resources and support for pupils and teachers in Gaelic education. The Scottish Government is continuing to work closely with local authorities to plan for future demand and thus to address capacity issues in Gaelic education.