Deputy education minister Nicol Stephen said:
'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)
Argyll & Bute
Dumfries & Galloway
Edinburgh, City of
Perth & Kinross