Just been at a public meeting about imminent cuts in the school here on Tiree. In a small school like this (120 pupils) losing several posts isn’t just a matter of shrinking slightly, but means that whole subjects, such as French, drop off the curriculum.
There are two issues here. One is for the island and other small communities, as the funding formulae assume class sizes that are untenable in a small school; that is making sure the cuts that come, and we know they must, are applied fairly.
The second is wider, remembering that all parties in the election promised to protect ‘front line services’; this is part of a cut across all education provision in the region – everywhere there are less teachers … and this is before the harshest budget cuts begin.