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Cuts to support staff in schools are putting the drive to secure world-class education for every pupil at serious risk, the NASUWT, the fastest growing teachers’ union in Scotland, has warned today.
 
Budget cuts in local authorities and schools are leading to a reduction in the support staff roles on which teachers and pupils rely, the Union has told the STUC Congress in Aviemore.
 
The Union has called on the Scottish Government to invest in the education workforce in order to ensure that pupils have the resources and support they need to achieve.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“Support staff are a vital part of the school workforce, enabling teachers to focus on teaching and learning and working closely with pupils to provide them with the help and guidance they need to learn.
 
“However, we have seen a reduction in the number of support staff in our schools as a result of budget cuts, which is piling more workload pressures on to already overstretched teachers and denying pupils the support of these skilled workers.
 
“The Scottish Government must recognise that a fully resourced schools workforce is vital to achieving its ambition to close the pupil attainment gap and ensuring every child can reach their potential.”
 
Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:
 
“Cuts to school staff undermine education provision and are an attack on pupils.
 
“We are calling on the Scottish Government to increase investment in the education workforce to ensure that children and young people are able to receive the high-quality support they deserve.”

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