Date lodged: 10 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government who the members are of the Teacher Workforce Planning Working Group; how often the working group meets, whether it will publish minutes of each of the group's meetings since January 2015, and what the running costs of the group are.
Answered by: John Swinney 24 February 2017
The membership of the Teacher Workforce Planning (TWP) Advisory Group is as follows:
Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES)
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland (AHDS)
Scottish Funding Council (SFC)
General Teaching council for Scotland (GTCS)
School Leaders Scotland
Stuart Robb (Chair)
In 2016, the TWP Advisory Group met on 27 October and 15 December. Prior to 2016, in recent years the group met once a year in December.
There are no plans to publish TWP Advisory Group minutes. The group provides free and frank advice to Scottish Ministers on the requirements for newly qualified teachers. The advice of the group contributes to Scottish Ministers' annual guidance to SFC on initial teacher education. Scottish Ministers' guidance to SFC for 2016 is available at:
The group has no running costs.