Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today revealed new figures showing teaching posts were advertised up to fourteen times as schools desperately search for teaching staff.
Freedom of information requests from all 32 local authorities show:
• A teacher of Technical Education advertised 14 times in Aberdeenshire with just 4 applicants throughout; primary teacher vacancies in Banff advertised 7 and 9 times; an Aboyne Academy Chemistry teacher post advertised 6 times; and a Fraserburgh
English teacher vacancy advertised on 5 occasions.
• A vacant Primary teacher post in East Ayrshire advertised 9 times.
• A Gaelic teacher post in Aberdeen that has been advertised 7 times, with just one application received throughout this period.
• A teaching post in Dundee vacant since June 2017.
• Councils across Scotland reporting posts that have been vacant for six months or more and failing to receive a single application in response to adverts.
• Core subjects such as English, Mathematics and Physics having to be advertised four times without a successful applicant.
The figures come just weeks after it was revealed that nearly 3,000 vacancies have been advertised again over the past three years.
Mr Scott said:
“These new figures demonstrate the pressure in schools for teachers across all subjects. Head Teachers are simply unable to find the staff that they need.
"It is extremely troubling that teaching posts are being advertised over and over again. The data published by Liberal Democrats today reveal that it is now all too common for councils to advertise jobs and not receive a single reply.
“This applies to core subjects such as Maths and English. This will have a huge impact on Scottish school pupils learning.
“One post has been advertised 14 times. If that is not a wakeup call for Scottish Ministers I do not know what would be. The SNP Government must face up to this crisis that is a reality across Scotland. The teaching profession must believe that it is valued by government. That starts with giving teachers a fair pay deal backed by McCrone 2 - an independent root and branch review of teachers' terms and conditions and the demands placed upon them."