IT came as no surprise to read that more is spent in Scotland on school pupils than in anywhere else in the UK. That it is £800 per pupil did come as a bit of a shock. What did also not come as a surprise was to learn that this increase in spending did not translate into better standards and performance. Throwing money at something does not fix it. The Curriculum for Excellence has been criticised for many years now and the dabbling round the edges is not making any improvements. In 2015, the First Minister asked to be judged on education, stating that she was prepared to “put her neck on the line on the education of our young people”. Of course, this was an empty promise as we watch the attainment gap rise in many areas, while she points out the one or two areas where it has narrowed. Investing in our education system needs input from experienced teachers who know how to get the best out of pupils, not throwing good money after bad. Jane Lax, Aberlour.