Commenting on a report on the contribution that independent schools make to the economy, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, “Independent schools clearly make a contribution to the Scottish economy as teachers, most of whom are trained through our Initial Teacher Education Institutions, require to be paid and schools need staff to function.  The Scottish economy and society also benefit substantially from the contributions of state schools and other state-supported educational establishments, which also offer a high quality educational experience for people from all parts of Scotland. Investment in public education is an investment in the future of the entire country, bringing huge economic and societal benefits.”