Wanted: Teacher for is­land school with just 10 pupils

● Muck Pri­mary is ap­peal­ing on so­cial me­dia to find a teacher for its ten pupils

The Scotsman - - Front Page - By ILONA AMOS

A small pri­mary school on the re­mote is­land of Muck is look­ing for a new teacher for its ten pupils.

The school has posted an ad­vert on so­cial me­dia for an ap­pli­cant who will be ex­pected to live on the is­land, which has no shop and no mains elec­tric­ity.

Muck, the small­est of the Small Isles, is home to around 40 in­hab­i­tants.

A tiny school on a re­mote Scot­tish is­land has taken to so­cial me­dia in the hope of find­ing a new teacher for its ten pupils.

An ad­vert has been posted on Face­book for the job of prin­ci­pal teacher for the pri­mary school on the is­land of Muck, which is home to about 40 in­hab­i­tants.

“We are look­ing for a pri­mary, prin­ci­pal teacher to come and live and teach on the beau­ti­ful Isle of Muck,” it says.

The suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant will be ex­pected to live on the is­land, which has no shop and no mains elec­tric­ity.

Muck, at two miles long and a mile wide, is the small­est of the Small Isles, south of Skye in the In­ner He­brides.

It’s reached by ferry from Mal­laig, which takes an hour and 40 min­utes, but is reg­u­larly cut off from the main­land dur­ing bad weather.

Power is sup­plied by lo­cal so­lar and wind schemes, with diesel gen­er­a­tors as back-up.

The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will take sole re­spon­si­bil­ity for ed­u­cat­ing all the chil­dren in the school and nurs­ery.

The cur­rent roll has nine pri­mary and one nurs­ery pupil, but that is ex­pected to fall to six pri­mary and three nurs­ery pupils in the com­ing aca­demic year.

Older chil­dren are schooled on the main­land, board­ing there and re­turn­ing for week­ends ev­ery fort­night.

It’s not the first time the com­mu­nity has reached out on so­cial me­dia to fill the post.

The cur­rent teacher, who is leav­ing at the end of the cur­rent term, was re­cruited in the same way af­ter tra­di­tion- al ad­ver­tise­ments failed to at­tract a suit­able can­di­date.

The job re­ceived in­ter­est from hun­dreds of peo­ple across the globe as the Face­book post went vi­ral, but it was Welsh-born Laura Mar­riner who was cho­sen for the role.

She moved 700 miles from Hamp­shire with her hus­band and two sons to take up the po­si­tion in late 2016.

High­land Coun­cil has re­cruited three class teach­ers and two head teach­ers for Muck Pri­mary in the past five years and ad­mits find­ing the right peo­ple to fill roles in re­mote schools can be chal­leng­ing.

A clus­ter ar­range­ment us­ing teach­ers from else­where was in place be­fore the cur­rent teacher was hired.

A spokes­woman for High­land Coun­cil said: “Our cur­rent teacher at Muck Pri­mary is leav­ing at the end of this term. We would like to thank her for her ex­cel­lent ser­vice at Muck Pri­mary and wish her all the best in the fu­ture.

“We have dis­cussed the re­cruit­ment of this va­cancy with Muck Par­ent Coun­cil and they have agreed that the coun­cil will ad­ver­tise the va­cancy as it usu­ally does, through my job scot­land, and in the Times Ed­u­ca­tional Supplement, as it is a pro­moted post.

“In ad­di­tion, the Muck Par­ent Coun­cil has set up a new Face­book page called ‘Come and Teach on Muck’, which ad­ver­tises the va­cancy.”

The coun­cil spec­i­fi­ca­tion for the job states: “The is­land is ideal for nature lovers, with many species of birds, in­clud­ing corn­crakes and puffins, and other res­i­dent an­i­mals such as ot­ters and seals.

“Muck en­joys stun­ning views of the main­land and the other Small Isles, as well as Skye and the Outer He­brides. The com­mu­nity is renowned for its hos­pi­tal­ity, and puts on many events dur­ing the year.”

If that’s not enough to spark a stam­pede of hope­ful ap­pli­cants, the salary is al­most as at­trac­tive as the scenery at £41,418 a year, plus are lo­ca­tion­pack­age of up to £6,500 on top. A three-bed­room flat also comes along with the po­si­tion.

0 Muck is reached by ferry from Mal­laig, which takes an hour and 40 min­utes

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