Un­filled school posts ‘very con­cern­ing’

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CON­CERNS have been raised af­ter fig­ures showed 11 teach­ing posts in D u ndee re ma i n u n fi l led w it h re­cruit­ment cur­rently on­go­ing for an­other 15 jobs.

The fig­ures, ob­tained by the Scot­tish Lib­eral Democrats, re­veal that va­can­cies ex­ist at Mor­gan, Grove, Bal­dragon, Brae­view and Har­ris acad­e­mies as well as at St John’s and Craigie high schools.

They show that one teach­ing post has been va­cant since June 2017.

Posts re­main un­filled in busi­ness stud­ies, craft, de­sign and tech­nol­ogy, maths and mod­ern lan­guages.

Mean­while, the fig­ures re­veal that a re­cruit­ment process for teach­ers in sub­jects in­clud­ing science, home eco­nomics, English and PE is tak­ing place at schools in­clud­ing St Paul’s RC Academy, St Fer­gus Pri­mary School and Rowantree Pri­mary School.

Broughty Ferry coun­cil­lor Craig Dun­can called the fig­ures “very con­cern­ing.”

“This re­veals a wor­ry­ing num­ber of teach­ing posts un­filled across the city. Dundee City coun­cil must re­dou­ble its ef­forts to get these posts filled.

Con­vener of chil­dren and fam­i­lies ser­vices Ste­wart t Hunter said: “This year has seen the po­si­tion in Dundee im­prove in com­par­i­son to pre­vi­ous years but there are still some va­can­cies. This is a pri­or­ity for the de­part­ment. How­ever, 56% of va­can­cies are al­ready well ad­vanced in the re­cruit­ment process.”

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