Watch these pupils praise their best teachers: but can they solve the recruitment crisis?

29th January 2016 at 20:00



A series of films starring school pupils talking about their favourite teachers has been launched to tackle the teacher recruitment crisis in Scotland.

The films come shortly after English charity Teach First launched its first recruitment campaign to attract career changers into teaching, rather than graduates fresh from college.

The latest move is part of the Scottish government's #inspiringteachers campaign and focuses on Stem subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

The videos feature young people sharing stories about outstanding teachers. One girl, Katie, talks about “the most positive person I’ve ever met” who reassures pupils that “no question’s a stupid question”.

Another pupil, Tiam, praises a teacher who spreads happiness throughout the classroom, saying, “You can tell she loves teaching."

Other videos feature pupils "interviewing" their teachers for a job.

Scottish local authorities have previously come up with their own solutions to recruitment problems, with limited success. There have been recruitment drives in Canada and Ireland, while “golden handshakes” and subsidised accommodation have been used to attract applications.



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