Nicola Sturgeon told to reverse teaching funding cuts (Image: Getty)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to spend an extra £14bn on schools in England before 2022-23 as he steps up preparations for a snap general election. His investment south of the Border will result in the Scottish Government getting nearly £2bn over three years to spend as it chooses. Scottish Tories yesterday challenged SNP ministers to use the cash to tackle a recruitment crisis.
It comes ahead of Ms Sturgeon unveiling her new legislative programme on Tuesday, when Holyrood returns from its summer recess.
The number of teachers has fallen by more than 3,000 since the SNP came to power in 2007.
Ms Sturgeon pledged to make education her top priority, but Education Secretary John Swinney has struggled with concerns around teacher morale, a narrowing curriculum and plummeting attainment levels.
The number of pupils achieving top exam grades this summer fell for the fourth year in succession.
Welcoming the windfall, Scottish Tory education spokeswoman Liz Smith said: “This is excellent news for our schools. We have seen further evidence of the decline in standards of attainment in Scottish schools and ongoing concerns about the shortage of teachers in several areas of the country, in key subjects and in additional support for learning.