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ERIC Number: EJ814557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
Supporting Teachers in Scottish Schools: Has the Money Been Well Spent?
Wilson, Valerie; Davidson, Julia
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v39 n2 p175-192 Aug 2007
Traditionally, education in Scotland has been viewed as a national service that is locally administered. This research casts new light on that relationship between the Scottish Executive and local authorities by drawing on evidence from an evaluation of the implementation of the additional support staff element of the Teachers' Agreement which determined not only teachers' pay structure but also established the professional conditions under which they would work. The paper identifies how local authorities and schools spent the grant aid on staff and equipment, how many additional support staff were appointed, and what impact they were reported to be having on teaching and learning. Information was gathered from a postal survey of all 32 Scottish local authorities and a random sample of 267 schools, and also from interviews held in six case study schools. The findings show that: all the grant aid could not be accounted for, the target number of support staff was not achieved, and their deployment and impact varied across local authorities and schools. By way of conclusion it poses the question: "Was the money well spent?" (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure and 26 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)