Date lodged: 22 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent on professional learning for teachers in each of the last five years, and whether it will provide a breakdown of the topic covered in each year.
Answered by: John Swinney 7 December 2018
Teachers in Scotland have a contractual entitlement to career-long professional learning. As their employer, local authorities play an important role in providing and facilitating access to professional learning. The Scottish Government provides Local Authorities with a block grant to deliver education which reflects this responsibility. The costs of such expenditure over the last 5 years is not held centrally.
In addition, the Scottish Government also funds a range of activity in support of teachers’ professional learning. A table of examples is available from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Bib. number 60287).