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Primary School Week Reduction (Falkirk) Oral Question, 18/03/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 18 March 2015 Angus MacDonald (SNP) asked the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Falkirk Council regarding its proposal to reduce the primary school week from 25 to 22.5 hours in 2016-17.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance replied that Falkirk Council wrote to the Deputy First Minister on 19 February 2015 to confirm its commitment to maintain teacher numbers. Falkirk Council has confirmed to us its 2016-17 provisional budget proposal to reduce the primary school week from 25 hours to 22.5 hours from August 2016, which will deliver a reduction in teacher costs. However, we understand that discussions are on-going locally regarding the implications of that change. As the member will be aware, statutory responsibility for the provision of education rests with individual local authorities, which includes the requirement that all schools must be open for 190 days.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 18 March 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 18 March 2015