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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-07327: Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 17 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it accurately assesses teaching staff shortages in schools.

Answered by: John Swinney 7 March 2017

The Scottish Government conducts an annual teacher workforce planning exercise, in partnership with local authorities other educational stakeholders, which projects the requirements for newly qualified teachers at a national level. The exercise takes account of factors such as pupil projections, leavers and returners to the profession and other local intelligence relating to the supply and demand for teachers.

Following the 2017-18 exercise we are recommending that the Scottish Funding Council increases student teacher intakes by 371. This is the sixth year in a row that we have recommended increases in student teacher intakes.