Teachers to meet over rural staff shortages

A summit on teacher shortages in northern and rural parts of Scotland is set to take place today.
Led by Aberdeen council, several other local authorities are involved including: Moray, Highland, Western Isles, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands councils.
Many posts are currently unfilled in certain areas after job advertisements have failed to attract suitable candidates.
Last week, Education Secretary Angela Constance announced plans to get more people into the profession.
The recruitment campaign will particularly focus on STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths with more teaching places being made available at universities.
According to Aberdeen City Council, there are currently 36 primary teacher and 19 secondary school vacancies in the city alone. There are also 9 vacant head teacher positions at primary schools, which adds up to about 20% of primary heads.
We spoke with Walter Hall, a rural high school teacher in Callander. Although he doesn’t face the same challenges that other rural teachers face, he can understand why these rural positions are struggling to be filled:

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