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Additional Graduate Commitment

The Scottish Government believes that children must have access to highly qualified staff with expertise in early childhood learning and development. This is particularly true for young children who face the greatest disadvantages where additional support may be required to support our ambition to close the attainment gap.

That is why we are committed to ensuring that by 2018 nurseries in the most deprived areas will benefit from an additional graduate – either a teacher with early years expertise or a graduate practitioner with the BA Childhood Practice award.

Below we have set out details as to how this Commitment will be delivered:

  • 435 additional graduates will be required to deliver the commitment. This is based on Care Inspectorate data, and the latest SIMD, which identifies that there are 432 nurseries located in the 20% most deprived postcode areas. We will also provide 1 additional teacher or graduate for the 3 local authorities without a nursery in the bottom 20% (Orkney, Shetland, and Western Isles).
  • The additional graduates will be allocated to local authorities based on their share of the nurseries located in the 20% most deprived postcode areas (see table below). However, to ensure that this commitment benefits as many children as possible local authorities will be given flexibility to draw on their local data to prioritise how they allocate these additional places.
  • Each identified nursery will receive a full time equivalent (FTE) graduate.
  • Whilst it is likely that the majority of the additional graduates will be located in local authority settings, it is expected local authorities will identify and work with partner providers on the delivery of the commitment.
  • The commitment will be met through a combination of upskilling current practitioners and the recruitment of already qualified teachers or graduates.
  • Local authorities will be asked to provide plans setting out how they propose to allocate the additional places in their area, including how many of the additional training places they wish to access.
  • To support delivery of this commitment the Scottish Government will invest nearly £1.5 million in 2017-18 to:
    • fund 126 additional teacher training places from August 2017 to enable 100 additional teachers to be available for ELC settings by 2018 (at a cost of around £1 million); and
    • fund an additional 270 BA Childhood Practice places from August 2017 at a cost of around £400,000 in 2017-18.
  • The Scottish Government will work closely with local authorities on the implementation of this commitment.

 

Table: Allocation of Additional Graduate Places by Local Authorities

Local Authority

Number of Additional Graduates

 

Local Authority

Number of Additional Graduates

Aberdeen City

6

 

Inverclyde

8

Aberdeenshire

6

 

Midlothian

3

Angus

3

 

Moray

2

Argyll & Bute

3

 

North Ayrshire

24

Clackmannanshire

7

 

North Lanarkshire

40

Dumfries & Galloway

10

 

Perth & Kinross

2

Dundee City

21

 

Renfrewshire

26

East Ayrshire

15

 

Scottish Borders

3

East Dunbartonshire

2

 

South Ayrshire

12

East Lothian

3

 

South Lanarkshire

26

East Renfrewshire

1

 

Stirling

5

Edinburgh, City of

20

 

West Dunbartonshire

11

Falkirk

8

 

West Lothian

19

Fife

28

 

Eilean Siar

1

Glasgow City

112

 

Orkney

1

Highland

6

 

Shetland

1