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Commenting on the announcements on public sector pay and education funding in today’s Scottish budget, NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said:

“While it is noted that the Scottish Government has resisted the path taken by the Westminster Government in seeking to impose a pay freeze on most public sector workers, today’s announcement of a 1% pay award is a paltry recognition of the vital work that teachers have done and are continuing to do throughout this pandemic.

“Over the last few months, parents and the public have thanked teachers for the tremendous contribution they have made in supporting children’s learning during the Coronavirus crisis. It is therefore vital that the Scottish Government recognises, values and rewards the work of teachers too.

“Competitive salaries help support the recruitment and retention of teachers now and into the future and experienced teachers and new recruits will be needed more than ever as we face the work of ensuring that children are able to recover their education following the months of disruption caused by Covid.”

Jane Peckham, NASUWT Scotland National Official, said:

“Today’s budget was largely silent on schools, perhaps due to the £45 million additional investment already announced this month. This funding was welcome, as schools need money and resources now to meet the significant additional costs incurred as a result of Covid and to ensure that no school cuts corners on safety due to budgetary constraints.

“It is essential that the £25 million included in this investment for additional staffing is used as intended to employ staff to support education recovery and is not diverted elsewhere by cash strapped local authorities.”

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