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COUNCILS GET EXTRA TEACHER-SUPPORT CASH

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Local authorities are to receive£8m to pay for the continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers. ...
Local authorities are to receive£8m to pay for the continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers.

Deputy education minister Nicol Stephen said:

'Teachers - like all other professionals - should have access to high quality, relevant professional development that allows them to continue to develop and refresh their skills throughout their careers.

'A shared commitment to this principle was a cornerstone of the national agreement reached last year between teachers, local authorities and the executive.

'The distribution of£8m of support funding emphasises the executive's commitment to implementing the national agreement in every Scottish school. These resources will help both local authorities and teachers to deliver very significant improvements to continuing professional development in Scotland.'

Many local authorities are currently developing and providing CPD for teachers. To support this process, the Ministerial Strategy Committee for CPD - chaired by Mr Stephen - is developing a set of guiding principles for a number of the key areas in the CPD Framework.

A significant part of the agreement is the contractual requirement on teachers to undertake an additional 35 hours CPD annually. Local authorities currently fund CPD activites but the additional money made available as part of the agreement is intended to allow authorities to make greater efforts in delivering on this part of the deal.

The funds to be distributed to each local authority are shown in the table below. The Executive expects that the funds will be used by Local Authorities to develop, procure and support CPD activities for all their teachers as part of the implementation of the agreement.

Distribution of£8m for Continuing Professional Development (2002-03)

£(000)

Aberdeen City

273

Aberdeenshire

388

Angus

177

Argyll & Bute

140

Clackmannanshire

77

Dumfries & Galloway

243

Dundee City

218

East Ayrshire

196

East Dunbartonshire

197

East Lothian

139

East Renfrewshire

165

Edinburgh, City of

545

Eilean Siar

55

Falkirk

216

Fife

553

Glasgow City

898

Highland

366

Inverclyde

138

Midlothian

134

Moray

142

North Ayrshire

225

North Lanarkshire

541

Orkney Islands

39

Perth & Kinross

197

Renfrewshire.

287

Scottish Borders

168

Shetland Islands

48

South Ayrshire

181

South Lanarkshire

493

Stirling

137

West Dunbartonshire

164

West Lothian

262

SCOTLAND

8,000

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