OLD Father Time is catching up fast with teachers, a Scottish Executive bulletin has confirmed. Figures for 1998 reveal only 29 per cent of all staff were under the age of 40, compared with 38 per cent six years before.
More than six out of 10 teachers are now aged between 40 and 54, a point not lost on the inquiry into teachers' pay and conditions which is due to report in May.
It is widely anticipated that Professor Gvin McCrone will recommend a limited early retirement package for burnt out fiftysomethings on condition they are replaced with young blood from teacher training.
Figures in the statistical bulletin also reveal there were just short of 57,000 teachers working in Scotland with 49,674 in full-time equivalent posts in state schools. More than 5,000 supply teachers were in schools during the census week in September.