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Teacher Recruitment and Retention Assistance Written Answer, 5/05/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Siobhan McMahon (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government what assistance it gives to local authorities to recruit and retain teachers in (a) maths, (b) home economics and (c) sciences and whether local authorities will be penalised if teachers numbers are not maintained due to vacant and supply posts remaining unfilled.

The Cabinet Secreatry for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance replied, that local authorities have a statutory duty to employ adequate numbers of teachers in the schools under their management, and the recruitment and retention of teachers are matters for local authorities. We are working with universities, local authorities and others, through the Teacher Workforce Planning Working Group, to explore how the barriers to recruiting to the science, technology, engineering and maths subjects can be overcome. We fully expect all local authorities to meet the teacher numbers commitment that they have made. The terms of the commitment make it clear that successful delivery of the commitment will attract additional resource and that failure to deliver will result in clawback.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 5 May 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 5 May 2015