Hours cut for East Lothian’s principal teachers

East Lothian councillor Peter Mackenzie

East Lothian councillor Peter Mackenzie

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Principal teachers in the county’s primary schools will struggle to cope under a new funding system, according to Scotland’s main teaching union.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has raised concerns over East Lothian Council’s cut in funding for out-of-class hours.

It comes after the council decided to keep 47 principal teacher posts following a management review, while making savings of £150,000.

The council said: “The solution enables us to retain all our principal teacher posts and make the £150,000 budget savings required.

“Our schools manage their own budgets and they may use their own budget to fund additional half-days.”

But the SNP’s education spokesman, Councillor Peter MacKenzie, said: “In the SNP budget, we removed the need for these savings because we knew any other decision would have meant additional school workloads.”

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