News : Teacher Shortages

4 October 2016

Highlands & Islands (including Moray) MSP, Rhoda Grant, who recently wrote to the Chief Executive of Moray Council to ascertain the latest position with regards Teacher Shortages, has revealed that she has received a detailed response from The Corporate Director of Education and Social Care at Moray Council, Laurence Findlay.

Speaking this afternoon, Rhoda said :

“ I am reassured that Moray Council are doing all they can to address this issue, from offering generous relocation packages, to working in partnership with a local house builder and offering six month free rental if they come to the area.

“Other initiatives include a partnership with UHI in which they are now offering six Teacher Training places at Moray College.

They have increased their marketing opportunities and they have developed a thorough induction programme.”

“In the letter of response I have received the local Authority have identified their own concerns namely :

“ The small variance in the salary of a Deputy head Teacher in a large school and the Head Teacher of a smaller school.

*Candidates accepting a role and then pulling out as an opportunity arose the Central belt

*The allocation of NQT’s

*The availability of supply cover

Rhoda continued :

“ I am pleased to note that in June there were 40 secondary school vacancies, but now that has reduced to 14.7FTE.

“This shows that all the efforts of Moray Council are staring to pay off.

“However, in relation to the small variance in salaries of a Deputy Head in a large School and a Head Teacher in a smaller school, this is an issue that a review of job resizing may help with and in that vein I will be writing to the Cabinet Secretary for Education seeking his views and comments.”