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Schools drop subjects amid recruitment crisis, teachers warn

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Here’s a question for you: what happens when a teaching post goes unfilled? It’s a story that will be familiar to many.

Is the job simply advertised until someone does apply? Or are both the post – and the subject it’s for – quietly discarded? Teachers discussing the staff shortage in Scotland on the Tes online community forums say that, alarmingly, it’s the latter.

They’ve accused the Scottish government of “obscuring the truth” about the level of vacancies in schools, and have claimed that subjects with no teachers to teach them – including home economics, computing and technology education ...

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