Cosla also took the opportunity to reiterate that McCrone is both a national and local priority and is a good example of the way in which local government is working in partnership with the executive.
'Previously probationers received a terrible deal, taking around three and a half years to achieve full registration in a variety of schools. Now they will have a structured one-year training post, with seventy-five per being allocated their first choice of local authority area. It is a fantastic deal for all of us involved.
'It is further evidence of the improvements that have been made to the education system in Scotland thanks to the McCrone agreement. Implementing the deal goes on and we are working well with the teaching unions and the Executive and week-by-week at our tri-partite meetings things are progressing.
'Once again I have to say that, considering the complexities and despite the best efforts of some, I think that the deal has been implemented extremely well.'