Date lodged: 15 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that more than £15 million was spent by Glasgow City Council on supply teachers in 2017-18, which represented a £1.5 million increase on the previous year.
Answered by: John Swinney 25 January 2019
The recruitment and deployment of teachers is a matter for local authorities and it is for them to determine what best suits their local needs.
We value the important contribution that all teachers make to the education of our children and young people. Supply teachers play a key role, not only in covering for unforeseen teacher absences, but they also provide invaluable cover to enable teachers to undertake professional development. The spend reported by Glasgow City Council on supply teachers represents a small percentage of their overall spend on schools.
We are also working with local government and teacher unions to make the employment for supply teachers more streamlined, when it is required.