Teach­ing cri­sis in spot­light as fig­ures show sin­gle post was ad­ver­tised 14 times

The Herald on Sunday - - NEWS -

FIG­URES show­ing teach­ing posts have been ad­ver­tised up to 14 times should be a “wake-up call” for Scot­tish min­is­ters, ac­cord­ing to the Lib­eral Democrats.

The party said it was “ex­tremely trou­bling” to see some schools hav­ing to ad­ver­tise jobs over and over again.

The fig­ures were un­cov­ered by the Scot­tish LibDems af­ter Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests were sub­mit­ted to all of Scot­land’s 32 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

The 26 re­sponses show that one se­condary post, for a tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher in the El­lon area of Aberdeen­shire, has been ad­ver­tised 14 times – with f our ap­pli­ca­tions r eceived through­out the process.

In the same lo­cal au­thor­ity area, pri­mary teacher va­can­cies in Banff have been ad­ver­tised seven and nine times, while an Aboyne chem­istry teacher post was ad­ver­tised six times.

On the other side of the coun­try, a va­cant pri­mary school teach­ing post in East Ayr­shire was ad­ver­tised nine times.

Mean­while, the fig­ures show a teach­ing post in Dundee has been va­cant since June 2017, and a post to teach Gaelic in Aberdeen has been ad­ver­tised seven times with one ap­pli­ca­tion re­ceived.

The re­sponses re­veal that some ad­ver­tised posts have drawn no ap­pli­ca­tions.

The lat­est data comes weeks af­ter it emerged that nearly 3,000 teach­ing va­can­cies have been re-ad­ver­tised in the last three years.

Scot­tish Lib­eral Demo­crat ed­u­ca­tion spokesman Tav­ish Scott said: “These new fig­ures demon­strate the pres­sure in schools for teach­ers across all sub­jects. Head teach­ers are sim­ply un­able to find the staff that they need.

“It is ex­tremely trou­bling that teach­ing posts are be­ing ad­ver­tised over and over again. The data pub­lished by Lib­eral Democrats to­day re­veal that it is now all too com­mon for coun­cils to ad­ver­tise jobs and not re­ceive a sin­gle re­ply.

“This ap­plies to core sub­jects such as maths and English. This will have a huge im­pact on Scot­tish school pupils’ learn­ing.

“One post has been ad­ver­tised 14 times. If that is not a wake-up call for Scot­tish min­is­ters I do not know what would be. The SNP Govern­ment must face up to this cri­sis that is a re­al­ity across Scot­land.”

The EIS union is cam­paign­ing for a 10% pay rise, and there have been warn­ings over the pos­si­bil­ity of strike ac­tion if an “ac­cept­able” pay of­fer is not put for­ward.

Scott con­tin­ued: “The teach­ing pro­fes­sion must be­lieve that it is val­ued by govern­ment. That starts with giv­ing teach­ers a fair pay deal backed by McCrone 2 – an in­de­pen­dent root-and-branch re­view of teach­ers’ terms and con­di­tions and the de­mands placed upon them.”

This ap­plies to core sub­jects such as maths and English. This will have huge im­pact on learn­ing

Al­most 3,000 teach­ing va­can­cies have had to be re-ad­ver­tised in Scot­land over the past three years

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