Swinney admits to teaching ‘challenges’
15 August, 2015 – Kezia Dugdale becomes Scottish Labour leader after defeating fellow MSP Ken Macintosh with 72.1 per cent of the vote. May 2016 – Dugdale says she is “heartbroken” after Conservatives beat her party into third place in Holyrood elections. 20 September, 2016 – Pledges loyalty to Jeremy Corbyn in a television interview as he is re-elected leader of the Labour Party. But is put under pressure when quizzed on supporting Owen Smith in leadership race just weeks earlier. December 2016 – Split from fiancée Louise Riddell, five months after getting engaged. March 2017 – Begins dating Jenny Gilruth, an SNP MSP. June 2017 – First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claims Dugdale told her during a private conversation she would no longer oppose Indyref2. June 2017 – Scottish Labour win seven seats in general election. 30 August 2017 – Resigns as Scottish Labour leader “with immediate effect”. Education secretary John Swinney has admitted there are “challenges” recruiting teachers as he confirmed there are almost 700 vacancies in Scotland’s schools.
He pledged the Scottish Government and local authorities would “work hard” to fill the posts, adding that councils – who are responsible for the day to day running of schools – expect staff to be in place by the end of the this term.
He spoke out as a campaign to recruit more teachers was expanded, in a bid to encourage more English and home economics (HE) specialists into the classroom.
The Teaching Makes People initiative was initially set up to recruit more teachers in the key areas of science, technology, engineering and maths – the so-called Stem subjects.
And Mr Swinney said “thousands” more undergraduate students were considering a career in the classroom as a result of that.
But he told BBC Radio Scotland: “There are quite clear- 0 John Swinney said more were considering teaching ly challenges in different parts of the country about recruitment of teachers and I want to make sure that we have a strong teaching profession available in every school in the country.
“Of course 690 vacancies is an unwelcome figure around the country, but it represents 1.3 per cent of the total teaching complement in the country.
“We’ve got to work very hard to make sure we fill these vacancies and I was pleased to hear Scotland’s local authorities say they expect to be able to fill these vacancies in the course of the school term.”