Responding to reports that teacher pay talks have broken down with EIS negotiators describing the Scottish Government offer as “derisory” and “divisive”, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:
"The Scottish Government knew exactly what teachers were asking for yet they have still let the situation come to this.
"Scotland's teachers are overworked and underappreciated. That's why Scottish Liberal Democrats have been calling for an independent review of teacher's pay and conditions.
"Teachers are the backbone of Scottish education and they ought to command the pay and conditions to reflect that."
Scottish Liberal Democrats plan for teachers calls for:
- McCrone 2 - an independent expert commission to review teachers' terms and the demands placed upon them.
- A new “teacher premium” for schools in disadvantaged areas consisting of pay supplements designed to attract and reward the best teachers for the schools in greatest need;
- New, optional, three-year packages for probationer teachers – consisting of the current one-year probationary period plus two further guaranteed years – to help local authorities get graduates to take up posts in certain geographical areas such as the Highlands and the North East.
- New retention bonuses paid to new teachers who commit to posts in hard-to-fill areas;
- A guaranteed minimum level of support staff in every school to allow teachers to focus on the needs of each individual pupil;
A pay rise for teachers to reflect that starting salaries are 20% lower than comparable professions;