Midlothian education budget is slashed

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On the council’s plan to cut classroom assistant posts, Councillor Bryan Pottinger (Lab) told a recent budget meeting in Dalkeith: “Education cuts will disadvantage a generation of young people.

“In the last three years there has been a 90 per cent increase in pupils who, as a result of conditions such as autism, dyslexia and ADHD, require additional needs.

“Teacher numbers have already been reduced in Midlothian and with average primary school class sizes increasing from 22.7 to 23.2 in the last year, the loss of these learning assistants will have a real impact.”

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