6 December 2018


Scottish schools have lost more than one hundred specialist teachers supporting children with additional support needs (ASN) under Nicola Sturgeon.

Speaking at First Minster’s Questions, Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard MSP revealed that 122 of these specialist teachers have been lost since 2014, while the number of pupils with additional support needs has risen by more than 40,000.

Mr Leonard raised the case of thirteen-year-old Callum, who has low functioning autism, and whose education has suffered as a result of a lack of specialist teachers.

Richard Leonard said:

“Under Nicola Sturgeon, the number of specialist teachers supporting children with ASN is down.

“In fact, there are one hundred and twenty two fewer such teachers under Nicola Sturgeon - and, at the same time, the number of pupils identified as having additional support needs has gone up by more than 40,000.

“That means need is up by more than thirty per cent, but qualified teachers are down by over six per cent.

“That is why the SNP’s budget presented to the Scottish Parliament next week must guarantee no more cuts to schools, no more cuts to teachers and no more cuts to additional support for pupils.”

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