Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott has today revealed that at the start of the latest school term, almost 100 head teacher and deputy head teacher positions were still being advertised.
Figures obtained under freedom of information laws from 26 of Scotland's 32 local authorities show 92 senior leadership roles vacant, including 17 in Aberdeen and 12 in Glasgow as well as more than 500 class and principal teacher vacancies.
Commenting on the figures, Mr Scott said:
"The Scottish Government say that they want to empower head teachers but in practice they are struggling even to find them.
“Dozens of schools are being left without leadership because so many teachers don’t want the stress involved with running our overstretched schools.
"Recent research however shows that 70% of Scotland's teachers do not feel valued and only a minority would recommend the career to others. No wonder the first national strike over pay in a generation is on the cards.
"Teachers should be at the very centre of efforts to strengthen Scotland's education system and close the attainment gap. That’s why Scottish Liberal Democrats are promising McCrone 2, an independent expert commission to review teachers' terms and the demands placed upon them and new retention bonuses paid to new teachers who commit to posts in hard-to-fill areas.”