Emma Seith

Who should be responsible for teacher recruitment?

Giving schools control over employment decisions could prove problematic, say headteachers

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Handing responsibility for hiring teachers to schools would destabilise the education system and create high levels of uncertainty around key workforce issues, Scotland’s largest teaching union has warned.

Vitally, the move could jeopardise the ‘no compulsory redundancy agreements the unions have with councils, said Drew Morrice, the EIS assistant secretary who represents teachers on national pay and conditions negotiations.

Headteachers, meanwhile, say that they have no desire to become employers. That function was better carried out by specialist local authority staff, they said.

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