The Scotsman reports that Scotland’s schools are facing a major staffing crisis with over-stressed and under-paid teachers reaching “breaking point”, a prominent headteacher has warned.
Rod Grant, of Clifton Hall School, Edinburgh, launched the outspoken attack on the Scottish Government’s handling of the education system after it was revealed parents are being asked for help to solve recruitment problems.
The Scotsman’s disclosure that Edinburgh’s Trinity Academy appealed for parental help after failing to fill two maths teacher vacancies led to Mr Grant voicing his frustration on the Clifton Hall Facebook page.
In a damning article, Mr Grant accused the Scottish Government of running a system that was “not child-friendly”, over-reliant on exam results and staffed by a demotivated workforce that was about to leave “in droves”.
Speaking to the Scotsman last night, Mr Grant said: “When you have 700 unfilled posts at the beginning of an academic year and then a report saying that 40 per cent of Scotland’s teachers intend to leave the profession over the next 18 months then you have a major staffing crisis on the horizon – if not now then round the corner. The situation at Trinity Academy is symptomatic of that and the perception of the teaching profession in Scotland at the moment.”
His intervention came as the Tories branded the situation at Trinity Academy “a scandal” while Labour said it was “utterly humiliating” that schools were having to turn to parents for assistance.
Responding to Mr Grant’s comments, a Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “This government is committed to closing the poverty-related attainment gap, to raising the bar for all children and young people and to freeing up teachers to do what they do best – teach.”
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