Council top of the class

Fraserburgh Academy.
Fraserburgh Academy.

Aberdeenshire Council has hit their target of employing 2700 teachers set by the Scottish Government earlier in the year.

All local authorities in Scotland had to complete a census by September 16, with final data to be published at the end of the year.

The Education, Learning and Leisure Committee (ELLC)considered a report in March in respect of teacher numbers and Scottish Government targets for Aberdeenshire were 2700 teachers and a pupil/teacher ratio of 13.5.

The news came ahead of the council taking part in a summit with six other local authorities in Aberdeen on Wednesday, October 7 to address teacher shortages.

Aberdeenshire Council made their target through a ‘range of measures’ from online advertising to a promotional film.

They also had in place a ‘golden hello’ program, where a relocation package of up to £8000 was on offer for teachers.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s ELLC Councillor Alison Evison praised the efforts made to achieve the goal.

She said: “I commend the officers across the council for ensuring teacher targets are met and, most importantly, meeting pupils’ needs.”

Fraserburgh Councillor Charles Buchan was also pleased with the achievement.

“Thanks must be given to our Director of Education Maria Walker and her team for the huge amount of work involved in this recruitment exercise and making this a top priority. On a local point, Fraserburgh Academy is more or less fully staffed.”