North has most teacher va­can­cies

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS -

The High­lands has the most long-term teacher va­can­cies in Scot­land, ac­cord­ing to new Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment data.

The fig­ures show that the re­gion had 33 pri­mary school va­can­cies, 29 of which had ex­isted for longer than three months, and 40 un­filled posts in sec­on­daries, 33 of which were more than three months old.

Nowhere else in Scot­land had as many longterm va­can­cies, and only Glas­gow had more teach­ing va­can­cies in to­tal.

The fig­ures were ac­cu­rate up to Septem­ber 20.

Aberdeen had the fourth-high­est num­ber of un­filled posts, with 27 in pri­mary and 32 in sec­ondary, while Aberdeen­shire had 16 in pri­mary and 27 in sec­ondary, and

“These fig­ures make shock­ing read­ing for fam­i­lies”

Mo­ray had five in pri­mary and 14 in sec­ondary.

Alexan­der Bur­nett, Con­ser­va­tive MSP for Aberdeen­shire West, said: “These fig­ures will make shock­ing read­ing for fam­i­lies.

“While the lo­cal au­thor­ity is re­spon­si­ble for teacher re­cruit­ment, this is a na­tional is­sue that re­quires a na­tional re­sponse.”

Labour’s ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son Iain Gray said: “Par­ents, pupils and teach­ers know all too well there’s a re­cruit­ment cri­sis, and while John Swin­ney re­peat­edly says ed­u­ca­tion is his num­ber one pri­or­ity, these new fig­ures show that he has again failed to meet his tar­get when re­cruit­ing to teacher train­ing.”

Deputy First Min­is­ter Mr Swin­ney re­sponded: “While teacher re­cruit­ment is a mat­ter for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties we recog­nise that chal­lenges re­main and have made £88mil­lion avail­able this year so schools can ac­cess the right num­ber of teach­ers.

“We are also putting in place a na­tional ap­proach to the re­cruit­ment of teach­ers from out­side Scot­land.”

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