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EIS Welcomes new Investment in Teachers in Nursery Education

19 January 2017

The EIS has today welcomed the announcement of a new £1.5M investment to recruit additional teachers and graduate specialists into nurseries in deprived areas of Scotland.

The new investment, announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, marks a positive commitment to the delivery of high-quality nursery education to help tackle the poverty-related attainment gap that exists across the country.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "A good start to education in the nursery phase is essential to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to reach their potential.

"The deployment of sufficient numbers of GTCS-registered teachers across the sector is a vital component in guaranteeing a high-quality education experience for all young children in our nursery schools and classes.”

Mr Flanagan added, "This investment in the training and deployment of additional qualified teachers, together with graduate specialists in childhood practice, demonstrates a continuing commitment to tackling the impact of poverty on educational experience.

"In recent years, the number of teachers employed in the nursery sector has been declining across Scotland so the renewed commitment to employing teachers in this vital sector of education is clearly a very welcome development.”