Nearly 100 vacancies at top of Scotland’s schools, figures reveal

iNews is reporting that almost 100 key leadership positions in Scotland‘s schools were still vacant at the start of the current school term, according to figures published on Sunday.

A total of 92 headteacher or deputy headteacher jobs were still being advertised when pupils returned from the summer, the statistics gathered from 26 of Scotland’s 32 local councils show.

In Aberdeen alone there were 17 vacancies for the two most senior roles, while Glasgow schools were advertising for 12 jobs and those in Edinburgh for 10.

As well as heads and deputy heads, schools across Scotland were also seeking candidates to fill more than 500 other teaching jobs.

The EIS and other unions are campaigning for a 10 per cent pay rise, but talks broke down earlier this month after teachers were offered a deal of between 3 and 5 per cent.

In June, a survey by the union also revealed that 58 per cent of teachers would not recommend it as a career due to their relentlessly rising workloads.

The latest figures were obtained by the Liberal Democrats through a Freedom of Information request. The true number of vacancies is likely to be higher, as six councils failed to respond. 

“Dozens of schools are being left without leadership because so many teachers don’t want the stress involved with running our overstretched schools.” said Tavish Scott, education spokesman for the Lib Dems.

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