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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18135: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 9 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that almost half of Scotland's Teachers of the Deaf are due to retire in the next 10 to 15 years, and what action it is taking to recruit more of these teachers.

Answered by: John Swinney 29 August 2018

It is for education authorities as employers, to ensure that their staff are appropriately trained under the Requirements for Teachers (Scotland) Regulations 2005. Education authorities are required to prioritise their resources in light of local circumstances and priorities, including the development of their staff.

To support Teachers of the Deaf training the Scottish Government provides £150,000 annual grant funding to the Scottish Sensory Centre to provide high quality Career Long Professional Learning. The Scottish Government wants all children and young people to reach their full learning potential and will continue to work with local authorities so that the right skills and resources are in place to make sure the needs of every pupil are met.