Pupils to help attract teachers to Moray
A MORAY school is participating in a Scottish Government initiative aimed at alleviating a widespread teacher shortage.
A series of short films featuring school pupils from across Scotland, and a radio campaign, were launched on Tuesday.
Part of the Scottish Government’s #inspiringteachers campaign, aimed at encouraging more people to enter the profession, the films will feature pupils from Elgin Academy as well as students from two schools in Edinburgh.
Moray is just one of many local authorities in Scotland, particularly in the north, suffering from an ongoing teacher shortage. Despite there being problems in both primary and secondary schools, certain secondary subjects including science, technology, engineering and maths have proved particularly hard to fill.
At the beginning of the school year in August, 58 teaching positions lay empty in Moray. At the end of 2015, some of these were being advertised for a third time.
The problems in Moray mirror those in many other areas of Scotland, where teacher recruitment has become an issue, particularly in the past couple of years.
The latest focus of the Scottish Government initiative will feature films with pupils from Elgin Academy and elsewhere, telling stories of teachers who inspire them.
The radio campaign will air across Scotland.
Laurence Findlay, Moray Council’s director of health and social care, said he supported the project.
"Our difficulties in relation to recruiting teachers have been well publicised over the past year or so and we are keen to promote every opportunity available to us to help recruit more teachers," he said.
Launching the campaign, Education Secretary Angela Constance said: "Teaching is highly-valued and rewarding – most of us remember a teacher who inspired us. We want these skilled professionals to continue to inspire the next generation and this phase of the campaign highlights some fantastic examples of this."
Moray Council has itself taken a series of steps, including positions being advertised with financial relocation packages and some including housing incentives with Springfield Properties.
The council has also produced a recruitment film which can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp6lLo_tBAw#