In the student rag, Herald, today, we had another ill-founded report of a crisis:
‘Teacher recruitment crisis: Scottish schools facing nearly 700 vacancies. HUNDREDS of teaching posts across Scotland remain unfilled less than two weeks before pupils return after the summer break. Research by The Herald has revealed there are currently some 670 teacher vacancies at primaries and secondaries across Scotland.’
BAJ Yr 1 Student: Denholm, A. Tutor: Prof Robertson 5/8/18
- Your proposal re teacher shortages in Scotland is seriously short of evidence to back up your case or to contextualise your argument.
- How does the number of teachers per capita in Scotland compare with that in, say, England? A quick search finds: 51 513 teacher FTEs in Scotland https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/12/3099/348574 and 457 300 thousand FTEs in England https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/620825/SFR25_2017_MainText.pdf So, Scotland has 10% of the population but 11.3% of the teachers.
- How do the pupil teacher ratios compare? From the same sources, we get 13.6 to 1 in Scotland, 15 to one in English secondaries and 20 to 1 in primaries. So, not surprisingly, Scotland has a better pupil teacher ratio
- What percentage of the total number of teachers in Scotland do the 670 unfilled posts represent? It’s a tiny 1.3% so in most primary schools with say 20 staff, there are typically no vacancies and in a secondary school with maybe 50 to 80 staff there may be 1 or 2 vacancies. Crisis? I think not.
See me in Room 101 after today’s Ethics lecture.