Emma Seith

Shortages leave teachers ‘papering over the cracks’

A fifth of schools regularly merge classes because of lack of staff, survey suggests

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Teacher shortages in secondary schools are leading to pupils being taught en masse in assembly halls and senior pupils being left unsupervised, according to a survey of union members. Teachers in some schools are also “regularly” having to teach their classes at the same time as setting work for classes without teachers, or are teaching two classes in the same room at the same time.

The survey by the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA), which received responses from 166 of Scotland’s 367 secondary schools, found that around a third of secondaries were “often” or “occasionally” ...

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