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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-09436: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it takes to raise classroom teachers’ esteem and morale.

Answered by: John Swinney 6 June 2017

The Scottish Government is committed to supporting teaching as a high status profession that plays a critical role in society.

We are aiming to raise moral and esteem through our inspirational ‘Teaching Makes People’ recruitment campaign which aims to generate a longer term shift in perception about teaching as a career and has drive a 19% increase in PDGE student intakes to Scottish universities. We are also investing in high quality professional leaning for teachers through the Scottish College for Educational Leadership and by supporting teachers to undertake professional learning at masters level.

Allied to this we have also announced concrete proposals to address workload issues designed to allow teachers to focus on teaching.