Teachers shouldn’t be the “backstop” to tackle child poverty

Responding to comments by Scotland’s largest teachers’ union, the EIS, on teachers being unable to tackle the impact of child poverty on education by themselves, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

“We know one in four children in Scotland live in poverty. The figures are getting worse and that is shameful. No child should have to depend on the kindness of teachers for food or clothing and teachers shouldn’t find this unexpectedly part of their job description.

"After years of Liberal Democrat pressure, the Scottish Government eventually introduced their version of the pupil premium which has been successfully used to provide breakfast and lunch clubs elsewhere in the UK. However, the Scottish Government's version falls far short of the resources which are needed here.

"Teachers, faced with mounting bureaucracy and a lack of resources, have got enough on their plate without being the backstop to tackle child poverty too."

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