Teacher re­cruit­ment is­sues

Strathearn Herald - - NEWS -

Hundreds of teacher va­can­cies in Perth and Kin­ross - in­clud­ing some in the Strath - have been read­ver­tised over the last three years as schools strug­gle to fill posts.

Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil needed to re-ad­ver­tise 113 po­si­tions in 2016/ 17, 108 in 2015/ 16 and an­other 14 within three months in 2014/15.

The lo­cal author­ity said it was un­able to pro­vide an ac­cu­rate fig­ure for read­ver­tis­ments for the whole of 2014/15 as a new sys­tem was in­tro­duced within that pe­riod.

The fig­ures came to light fol­low­ing a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion en­quiry by the Scot­tish Lib­eral Democrats.

Va­can­cies in the Strath in­cluded a prin­ci­pal teacher at Mad­derty Pri­mary and an “area sup­port teacher” for Cri­eff and Auchter­arder.

A spokesper­son for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said that teacher re­cruit­ment was a mat­ter for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties but that they had in­vested £88mil­lion in 2017 re­sult­ing in over 540 more teach­ers.

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