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Teacher recruitment drive bears fruit


By Hector MacKenzie

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Cllr John Finlayson
Cllr John Finlayson

A RECRUITMENT campaign aimed at filling promoted teacher posts across the Highlands – amongst them one in Easter Ross – is bearing fruit.

So says Highland Council which is trumpeting "an excellent response" to an advertising campaign that took place during the first week of the school session.

Strategic chair of the education and learning committee, Cllr John Finlayson, said: “I am delighted at the excellent response this campaign has produced, including over 13 applications being received for one head teacher post and over 20 for one depute head teacher post. This response shows that applicants view Highland as a positive place to come to live and work and we are confident that this will lead to high quality appointments being made to these posts."

The local authority says a high level of applications across all categories of post have been received. Adverts for 13 head teacher posts, four depute head teacher posts and five principal teacher posts were placed on myjobscotland and The Times Educational Supplement, both in print and on-line.

The council has not indicated which of its vacancies are the top draws for applicants.

"This response shows that applicants view Highland as a positive place to come to live and work and we are confident that this will lead to high quality appointments being made to these posts."

Additionally, the posts were boosted on the council's social media platforms which accumulated a total number of 3755 post engagements including post shares, comments, and link clicks directing an individual to the recruitment page.

Highland Council last month signalled plans to try and fill 13 head teacher vacancies across the region – amongst them one in Alness.

The local authority has flagged up top spot vacancies with salaries ranging from £52,000 to £65,000.

Amongst the posts looking to be filled is at Bridgend Primary in Alness where the head will command a salary of £63,321.

Other vacancies are at Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig in Inverness, Cauldeen Primary in Inverness, the Dunbeath and Lybster cluster in Caithness; Cawdor Primary; Kingussie Primary;Bishop Eden’s Primary in Inverness and

Alvie Primary.

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