Emma Seith

How visa woes compound the recruitment crisis

The Scottish government backs a Tes campaign for teaching to become a ‘shortage occupation’

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Many headteachers would agree that the teacher shortage is the most pressing issue facing Scottish schools.

And without teachers in front of classes, there can be no progress on the Scottish government’s key pledge to narrow the attainment gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children, union leaders warn.

Yet professionals from overseas are struggling to secure visas to take up posts in Scottish schools that are crying out for staff (see the case studies of Haley Palmer and Amanda Choffe on page 8).

Now – as the recruitment crisis plaguing schools looks set to continue, or even worsen – ...

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