Representatives from Aberdeenshire Council will be meeting with representatives from six other Scottish councils in Aberdeen this morning to discuss the shortage of teachers in the north and north east of Scotland.
The Raising Attainment: Securing Teachers Summit, at Aberdeen Beach Ballroom, will see Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland, Western Isles, Orkney Islands & Shetland Islands councils along with parent bodies, General Teaching Council for Scotland and Scottish Government officials come together to discuss the current teacher shortage.
The aim of the summit will be to understand the root causes underlying the current challenges and identify solutions at a national and local level to support the region at a time of unprecedented low numbers of applicants and increased pupil numbers.
According to the My Job Scotland website there are over 50 vacancies across Aberdeenshire in the education sector.
Education Secretary Angela Constance will address the meeting and tell delegates how the Scottish Government have increased the number of university places for people wishing to become teachers for the fourth consecutive year. The north and north east have the greatest needs for more teachers and universities in these areas will be targeted and supported.
Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said
I am pleased that Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, will attend the Education Summit so she can hear first-hand from the seven local authorities here in the North and North-east of Scotland about the major issues facing us when recruiting teachers.
Aberdeenshire Council have previously looked to Ireland and Canada to fill teaching vacancies, while Moray Council have provided low cost housing to teacher who relocate to the area.