Stirling will receive a share of £50 million in funding for the recruitment of approximately 850 extra teachers and around 200 additional support staff across Scotland as local authorities plan for the reopening of schools.

Addressing Parliament, Education Secretary John Swinney also pledged that £20 million will be allocated to help councils with additional costs associated with new health protection measures, school transport, enhanced cleaning and other essential logistical issues.

A further £3 million will be invested in youth work to support education recovery. The funding breakdown is part of a £100 million package of support announced by Mr Swinney in June.

Clear guidance for schools and councils is being developed by the Education Recovery Group (ERG) to help them prepare for the start of the new term in August.

The Scottish Government will announce a final decision on the reopening of schools on 30 July.

Bruce Crawford MSP said:

‘Staff at Stirling’s schools have performed above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring that children can still receive an education despite the unprecedented circumstances.

This overall funding announcement from the Education Secretary is welcome, and I believe talks with COSLA and local authorities will ensure the funding is distributed to where it can make the biggest difference to the educational experience of our young people.’


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