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Why supply is ‘at least as hard’ as steering the ship

After retiring, headteacher Derek Thompson wasn’t quite ready to leave the profession, so he joined the ranks of so-called ‘casual teachers’ – and soon found himself in choppy waters

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We are all aware of the teacher shortages across Scotland, particularly north of the Central Belt. These are no longer only in certain subject areas but are increasingly across the board, and there is also a lack of supply teachers to fill short- and long-term vacancies.

I retired in August last year, after a 39-year career, including 18 years as a secondary headteacher. I had gone through the ranks of teacher, principal teacher, assistant headteacher (remember those?) and deputy head since starting my probation in August 1978.

I’ve also been on the council of the General Teaching Council for ...

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