• Kenneth Gibson MSP

SNP Government Funding Boosts North Ayrshire Teacher Numbers



SNP Government education funding has boosted teacher numbers by 25 in North Ayrshire, with 543 more teachers across Scotland.

Teacher numbers in North Ayrshire have now risen from 1,371 to 1,396 over the last year.

Across Scotland 666 full-time equivalent teachers are being funded through the Attainment Scotland Fund, money that the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems voted against.

There has also been an improvement in the pupil teacher ratio across Scotland, while skills in reading, writing, listening, talking and numeracy are strong, with the proportion of S3 pupils achieving Curriculum for Excellence Third Level or better being between 88% and 91% for each skillset.

Commenting, Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“These figures prove that the SNP Government’s approach is working for schools in North Ayrshire and throughout Scotland.

“Despite Tory, Labour and Lib Dem opposition, the SNP is delivering funding aimed at increasing teacher numbers and cutting the attainment gap.

“Most significantly, pupils are doing well in the key areas of reading, writing and numeracy.

“The SNP has made closing the attainment gap a key priority in this parliament. It is important to keep working to improve Scottish education in Scotland. It would be good to see the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems getting behind these positive efforts to support our young people in North Ayrshire.”

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