Some truly worrying figures published today in relation to teacher numbers in Scotland ...
... I never cease to be amazed at the endless debate about Police numbers, yet the total (and almost unquestionable) failure of the Scottish Government on teacher numbers generates precious little attention in comparison?
I posted about this way back in November 2007 ... you could argue around in circles (and many SNP and Labour politicians do just that!) about whether any "1,000 police officers" are new police officers, or additional police officers, or replacement police officers etc. etc. ad nauseam ...
... contrast that with what the SNP 2007 Manifesto ACTUALLY DID SAY about Teacher numbers (check out Page 52 here):
"We will maintain teacher numbers in the face of falling school rolls to cut class sizes and place greater emphasis on teacher recruitment for the early years, languages and science."
A very clear commitment. Teacher numbers will be maintained.
Yet, that is not the picture emerging today from the published statistics, which can be found by looking here (Table 6.1 on Page 34 has the overall numbers). In essence, there are 975 fewer teachers across Scotland this year than last.
I'm tempted to suggest they must all have applied to be police officers ... but bad jokes aside, its an appalling failure and the relevant Scottish Government Minister should urgently explain how she intends to (at least) reverse this trend?