Teaching in Angus

A teacher at work.
A teacher at work.

Angus Council elected members will be given an update on current Angus teacher numbers and recent correspondence from Holyrood on teacher ratios next week.

The Children and Learning committee will also learn about the council’s proposal to meet these objectives.

Members of the committee will hear at their meeting on April 12 that the council’s teacher to pupil ratio was 13.0 in February 2016 and the plans to maintain the ratio at, or as near to, 13.2 as possible this year. The Scottish Government set out guidance for the pupil teacher ratio at the value of 13.7 for the forthcoming year.

Members will also be updated on teacher vacancy figures: Primary School - 541.8 full time equivalent (FTE) posts with 5.6 FTE vacant posts; Secondary Schools - 561.2 FTE posts with 21 FTE vacant posts.

Speaking ahead of committee, the Children and Learning Convener, Councillor Sheena Welsh said: “This report gives a clear picture on the teaching vacancies in Angus in February. As you will appreciate, vacancy figures change on an almost daily basis.

“We have recently held successful interviews for secondary school teachers and are pleased to have offered a number of key posts to excellent candidates in areas of particular need, including maths.

“We are also working in partnership with Aberdeen and Dundee Universities to enable 10 Angus Council employees to undertake a distance learning Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education which will qualify them to work as a primary school teacher. On successful completion these Newly Qualified Teachers will begin their probationary period in Angus. On successful completion of their probationary period participants will work in our primary schools for a further three years.

“We are committed to raising the attainment and achievements of all our children and young people. We also share the expectation that the quality of education is uniformly high across all our schools.”