Scott: Burden on headteachers "soaring"

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott has today warned that the burden on headteachers is "soaring" as new figures showed that the number of schools with shared headships has risen by two thirds since 2010.

The Headteacher Recruitment Working Group Report concluded:

  • Head teacher recruitment is a "serious concern"
  • 412 (FTE) teachers hold the standard for headship but are not in headteacher roles
  • There are 151 more primary schools with shared headteachers from 2010 to 2017.
  • Headteachers now work an average of 55.3 hours per week.
  • Headteachers are not being paid enough for the work they are doing, especially those who serve as headteacher for more than one school.

Mr Scott said:

"Earlier this month the Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed that almost 100 schools were missing senior leadership.

"Excellent headteachers are at the forefront of driving up standards in Scottish schools. However this report shows that their workload is soaring and they’re finding themselves ever more thinly spread.

"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.”

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