Council exceeds govt targets

Aberdeenshire Council has managed to exceed the target number of teachers set by the Scottish Government in March.

This news comes as the council is poised to take part in a summit with six other local authorities to discuss teacher numbers.

All authorities had to complete a census by September 16 and the final data will be published at the end of the year.

The Education, Learning and Leisure Committee considered a report in March in respect of teacher numbers and Scottish Government targets for Aberdeenshire were 2,700 teachers and a pupil/teacher ratio of 13.5.

In order to achieve these targets the council has used channels such as social media, a dedicated More of Life Microsite, MyJobScotland and the Times Educational Supplement Scotland (TESS).

A generous relocation package of up to £8,000 is on offer to attract candidates to the area with a £5,000 upfront payment.

In addition, the authority has worked with new teachers and probationers to provide information and advice on settling in the area from accommodation to travel, social networks and related matters.