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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13997: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the impact of staff shortages on secondary school pupils' attainment.

Answered by: John Swinney 30 January 2018

We remain committed to maintaining teacher numbers nationally, and ensuring that we have the right number of teachers, with the right skills, in the right places, to educate our young people. The Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland published on 12 December 2017 shows that there are 543 more full-time equivalent teachers than last year, increasing from 50,970 in 2016 to 51,513 in 2017. This is the second year in a row that we have seen teacher numbers increase.

The latest exam results demonstrated real strength in our education system, with more than 150,000 Higher passes and nearly 60,000 skills-based awards and achievements. This shows Curriculum for Excellence is successfully meeting the needs of young people and giving them the best chance of success in further learning, life and work.