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McCRONE IMPLEMENTATION WELL ON TARGET SAYS COSLA

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The£8m being made available to local authorities for the continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers (se...
The£8m being made available to local authorities for the continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers (see LGCnet ) is further evidence that the McCrone agreement is well on target says Cosla.

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.

Cosla's education spokesperson Helen Law said: 'This is another important part of the tripartite agreement on the revised conditions of service for teachers. The executive is committed to£14m this financial year. The release of the first£8m is very welcome and will help local authorities sustain and enhance high quality CPD for every teacher.

'The executive strategy for continuing professional development is increasingly comprehensive and COSLA looks forward to advancing this with trade unions.

'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 executive and the teaching unions and week by week at our tri-partite meetings things are progressing.

'All sides are making progress and all of the milestones agreed at the outset have been met.

'McCrone is not about 'modernise or be modernised.' It is about the bigger picture, it is about empowering teachers. It is about modernising their conditions around judgements they make themselves. It is about professional people making professional decisions for the benefit of all.

'We all knew that it was going to be difficult, but on the whole I think that the deal has been implemented extremely well considering the complexities.'

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