Teach­ing talks

The Oban Times - - The Oban Times & West Highland Times -

HIGH­LAND coun­cil has joined forces with five other north­ern lo­cal author­i­ties to tackle teacher short­ages.

Of­fi­cials will join those of Aberdeen, Aberdeen­shire, Mo­ray, Orkney and Shet­land coun­cils at a sum­mit next month, aimed at ad­dress­ing the is­sue.

Scot­tish gov­ern­ment min­is­ters and mem­bers of the Gen­eral Teach­ing Coun­cil for Scot­land will also at­tend the event on Oc­to­ber 7.

Jenny Laing, leader of Aberdeen City coun­cil, the driv­ing force be­hind the sum­mit, said: ‘ Whilst not yet at cri­sis lev­els this is nev­er­the­less a se­ri­ous is­sue that we want to tackle now to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of pupils.

‘ We urge the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment to work with us on find­ing a so­lu­tion at a na­tional level. This is a case where one size does not fit all coun­cils.’

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