Supply teachers cost North East schools £11 million last year


North East MSP Mike Rumbles is calling on the Scottish Government to rethink teachers’ pay and conditions after figures show that local authorities in the North East spent over £11 million on supply staff in 2016/17.

Figures obtained through Freedom of Information by the Scottish Liberal Democrats reveal that of the £11.2 million spent on supply teachers in the North East, Aberdeenshire Council spent by far the most, £7.3 million. Findings also show that 121 teaching posts in the local authority area had to be re-advertised, up from 55 the previous year.

 

Across the region 415 posts were re-advertised in 2016/17, 419 in 2015/16 and only 87 in 2014/15.

 

Mr Rumbles said: "These figures confirm what many people in the North East already know. Scottish Government cuts to our local services are having a damaging impact on our education system, health care and communities.

 

“Many hard working teachers feel undervalued and unappreciated but every year the SNP asks schools to do more with less. It is no surprise our local councils are having trouble filling teaching posts in our schools. We need a proper review of teachers pay and conditions if we want Scotland to have a world class education system again.

 

“The First Minister has repeatedly said that education is a priority for her government but we have seen no action whatsoever to back up those claims. It is no use paying lip service, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for a £500 million transformational investment in education paid for by a modest 1p on the pound, but the SNP have refused to act.

 

ENDS

 

Notes for Editors:

 

  • Figures obtained by Freedom of Information by the Scottish Liberal Democrats (December 2017):

 

Local Authorities

Supply teachers spend in 2016/17

Aberdeen City Council

£1,964,882.00

Aberdeenshire Council

£7,318,401.32

Angus Council

£454,191.00

Dundee City Council

£1,450,182.00

Total

£11,187,656.32

 

Number of teaching posts re-advertised in 2014-2017

 

 

 

Local authority

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Aberdeen City Council

41

146

132

Aberdeenshire Council

38

55

121

Angus Council

8

13

12

Dundee City Council

-

205

150

Annual total*

87

419

415

 

 

 

 

 


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