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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has welcomed comments made by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People calling for an increase to teacher numbers.

Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“The Commissioner’s comments reflect what the NASUWT has been saying for some time-that the best way to raise attainment and achieve the Scottish Government’s aim of closing the pupil attainment gap is to invest in the teaching workforce.

“Ensuring there are sufficient numbers of teachers and that teachers have working conditions which enable them to focus on teaching and learning is central to any effective strategy to raise standards.

“The year on year decline in teachers’ pay and working conditions since 2010 has spawned a growing teacher recruitment and retention crisis. This will only continue to deepen without urgent action to address uncompetitive pay levels and excessive workload.”

Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:

“Investment in the teaching workforce would ensure teaching is an attractive and sustainable long-term career, providing the foundations for future generations of children and young people to achieve and for the country to prosper.”

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