The Scottish Government has reported that we currently have 51,959 full-time equivalent teachers in Scotland, the highest number since 2010. This is particularly true of primary teachers- seeing the highest numbers seen since 1980, with statistics showing that achievement in primary schools is increasing.
These figures are definitely encouraging. However, other publications have reported that nearly 1,000 teachers are now being paid for by the Pupil Equity Fund (PEF), the Scottish Government initiative which provides additional funding to schools serving poorer communities, which is supposed to be used for additional resources and support to enable schools to work towards closing the poverty related attainment gap.
You can read the Governments news release by clicking here.