Greens pledge 210 extra teachers in West Lothian

The Scottish Greens have unveiled plans to recruit an additional 210 teachers in West Lothian to help schools recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 7:00 am
John Devlin. Stock shot of pupils.

This pledge is part of a proposal to recruit 5,500 teachers across Scotland over the next few years.

Scottish Greens' lead candidate for Lothian, Alison Johnstone said: “To ensure young people get the best possible education, we need to ensure teachers in West Lothian have the time and resources they need. That’s why we are committing to the recruitment of additional teachers. Even before the pandemic teacher workload levels in Scotland were amongst the highest in Europe. We urgently need more teachers in the classroom to spread that workload, giving them more time to prepare and to teach, rather than get bogged down in paperwork and administration.”

She added: “Throughout the pandemic, the Scottish Greens have worked hard for school staff and pupils. Our plans to get more staff into our schools to cover for Covid related absences and manage the huge increase in workload were passed by parliament, and so too were our calls for regular testing, to ensure the return of schools was as safe as possible.

“A green recovery for our young people means giving them a broad, empowering education delivered by motivated teachers. Our future depends on it.”