Teachers' Exodus to England after SNP Recruitment Fiasco

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Teachers' Exodus to England after SNP Recruitment Fiasco


Byline: Alan Roden Scottish Political Reporter

HUNDREDS of new teachers are leaving Scotland to work in England - as the SNP presides over a recruitment fiasco in schools.

Record numbers of newly qualified teachers are unable to find work north of the Border, creating a 'brain drain' that could hit classroom standards.

The SNP's promise to maintain teacher numbers has failed, with the number of Scots teachers accepted by the General Teaching Council for England (GTC) soaring by almost 25 per cent last year.

Some [pounds sterling]85million is spent every year from the Scottish budget on training new teaching staff, but two-thirds fail to find full-time permanent work in their own country within a year of qualifying.

The SNP created more training places in a bid to slash class sizes - another key manifesto pledge.

But that promise has also been broken, with councils instead reducing teacher numbers to save money.

As a result, thousands of young graduates have been left jobless or forced to move to England - or overseas - because there are more teachers than vacancies.

Ronnie Smith, the general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland union, said: 'It is troubling that so many Scottish-trained teachers are looking outside our borders to find employment.

'It is Scotland's education system and its pupils who have most to lose through this increasing migration of some of our brightest young teaching talents.' Scottish Labour education spokesman Des McNulty said:

'Scottish education is losing out as a consequence of the SNP denying newly qualified teachers the opportunity to work here. …

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