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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20156: Ross Greer (West Scotland)

Scottish Green Party

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).