Jobs boost for class of 2019!

Almost 200 newly qualified teachers are to be offered full-time, fixed term contracts with the council in the coming academic term

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The coronavirus has had an impact on the council's normal approach to workforce planning and teacher recruitment; and a number of teachers who were due to retire deferred in order to provide much-welcomed support with the pandemic.

These two factors resulted in a reduced a number of permanent vacancies available for session 2020/21.

However, potential additional funding has allowed the council to recruit more teachers to support schools with the delivery of blended learning over the next academic year.

Councillor Frank McNally, Convener of Education and Families said: "We are determined to provide career paths to newly qualified teachers - particularly ones who have successfully completed their probationer periods in our schools.

"I'm delighted that we've been able to create fresh opportunities into the profession for new teachers, as well as being able to retain those teachers who chose to stay on and help during the health crisis. Both these groups play an essential role in our learning environment and we are confident that, as we progress through next session, there will be many permanent positions for recently qualified teachers to apply for."

The 195 teachers will be told the good news, along with details of their appointments, by letter this week.

Councillor McNally continued,  "It's been a difficult time for everyone and our probationers have experienced disruptions to their year. However, I have been really impressed by the feedback provided by our head teachers about this year's probationer group.

"I am sure that the knowledge and skills that they have developed over the past year, as well as the new approaches to digital learning, will prove to be of real value throughout their careers."

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