Fife schools struggle to fill over 300 teaching posts

Fife schools struggle to fill over 300 teaching posts

Fife schools struggle to fill over 300 teaching posts

Over 320 teaching posts across Fife had to be re-advertised over the past three academic years after the initial search failed to find a suitable candidate.

Figures from Fife Council also reveal that over 150 teaching posts for both primary and secondary teachers across a range of subjects, were re-advertised in the last academic year.

The statistics, which were obtained by the Scottish Conservatives under Freedom of Information legislation, show the problem is not confined to one location with nearly 3,000 teaching posts across Scotland had to be re-advertised over the past three years

Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has warned that these statistics are another example of shambolic workforce planning by the Scottish Government.

Dean Lockhart MSP said:

“This is another alarming statistic which highlights the severe consequences of the SNP’s chaotic approach to workforce planning.

“Councils are clearly finding it very difficult in some circumstances to recruit teachers to key posts which is why the level of re-advertisement is rising and why there is a growing burden on existing teachers.

“Naturally, this has a big impact on morale within the profession and, of course, on our young people in classrooms across Fife and other areas.

“In recent weeks, we have seen the public expression of anger within the profession about the SNP’s handling of education generally. That anger will continue to grow if the problems of teacher recruitment persist.”

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