Parents, teachers and pupils have been staging demonstrations in Glasgow over plans to cut teacher numbers in the city.

Glasgow City Council is set to axe 172 teaching posts this year and a total of 450 over the next three years.

A council spokesperson said the education budget amounts to more than half of service expenditure.

Parents who attended a protest earlier this week told BBC Scotland News they were worried their children’s education would suffer.

Fiona Sieber-Gordon who has an eight-year-old and a 10-year-old at Battlefield Primary School was one of dozens of parents who gathered outside Langside Hall in Shawlands on Wednesday.

Many are worried the cutbacks will particularly affect the support available for children for have extra support needs.

She told BBC Scotland News: “Both my kids have got additional support needs and I don’t think they’re going to get the needs met.

“Things are tight as they are. They don’t always get what they need at the moment and if you take any more away I think it’ll affect everything really, school life and home life too.

“My kids need a lot of connection with a teacher to feel comfortable and safe in school and if they don’t have that I think it’ll have a huge impact on their mental health.”

Cora Bissett, who has an eight-year-old daughter the same school, added: “Even for people who deem their kids not to have additional support needs, you know, the teacher’s focus is going to be spread so thinly that every child is affected.

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