Schools still strug­gling to re­cruit new head­teach­ers

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term there was op­ti­mism that things would get bet­ter.

He added: “Mr Swin­ney has agreed to look at head­teach­ers’ pay and we hope that will start to oil the wheels.

“There is an op­por­tu­nity with the Head­teach­ers’ Char­ter to put us in con­trol of our own destiny, but we are ab­so­lutely clear we need ex­tra re­sources to fund busi­ness man­agers to help us run schools.”

Greg Demp­ster, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the As­so­ci­a­tion of De­putes and Head­teach­ers in Scot­land (AHDS), which rep­re­sents pri­mary schools, said the re­al­ity was worse than the fig­ures sug­gested.

He said: “I know many mem­bers in act­ing head­teacher posts and oth­ers who are run­ning two or more schools on a tem­po­rary ba­sis.”

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