Permanent supply posts hit by high rural costs

8th June 2001 at 01:00
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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