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Permanent supply posts hit by high rural costs

PERMANENT supply teachers serving small rural primaries may be too expensive despite the benefits they bring to schools, Dumfries and Galloway has concluded after a pilot in the Annan area.

For the past two years, an additional teacher on a permanent contract has been based at Elmvale primary while servig four other schools as a supply and support teacher.

The teacher, however, has spent substantially more time in a support role, a more costly option. But costs have to be set against savings in management time unearthing supply cover and in continuity of teaching, the authority acknowledges.

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