Emma Seith & Henry Hepburn

Councils demand powers to tackle teacher shortage

Local authorities hit by staff recruitment problems want to ‘grow their own teachers’

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A group of local authorities is demanding to take over control of teacher training to tackle “cruel” staff shortages believed to be damaging pupils’ education in rural areas.

The demand from the seven councils that make up the Northern Alliance comes as authorities are turning to increasingly desperate measures to plug teaching gaps, including asking parents to help them to find qualified staff.

The councils – Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Highland, Moray, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles – want to introduce more varied routes into the profession, and for trainees to carry out more practical ...

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