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Highland classroom assistant posts saved

Highland Council no longer plans to scrap classroom assistant posts at its primary schools.

It had proposed to end 156 full-time equivalent jobs, which are filled by about 342 people.

In their place, 60 full-time equivalent jobs as learning support auxiliaries were to be created and filled by 150 people on a part-time basis.

The council said the assistants would undergo training to become what would be called pupil support assistants.

The abandoned proposal had been driven by an effort to find cost savings in the education budget.

However, the local authority said it was now in a better financial position.

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