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Highland teacher recruitment campaign attracts 'excellent response'

By Hector MacKenzie

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Cllr John Finlayson
Cllr John Finlayson

A RECRUITMENT campaign aimed at filling promoted teacher posts across the Highlands is bearing fruit.

So says Highland Council which is trumpeting "an excellent response" to an advertising campaign that took place during the first week of the school session.

Education committee chairman John Finlayson said: “I am delighted at the excellent response this campaign has produced, including over 13 applications being received for one head teacher post and over 20 for one depute head teacher post. This response shows that applicants view Highland as a positive place to come to live and work and we are confident that this will lead to high quality appointments being made to these posts."

The local authority says a high level of applications across all categories of post have been received. Adverts for 13 head teacher posts, four depute head teacher posts and five principal teacher posts were placed on myjobscotland and The Times Educational Supplement, both in print and online.

The council has not indicated which of its vacancies are the top draws for applicants.

Additionally, the posts were boosted on the council's social media platforms which accumulated a total number of 3755 post engagements including post shares, comments, and link clicks directing an individual to the recruitment page.

Highland Council last month signalled plans to try and fill 13 head teacher vacancies across the region.

The local authority has flagged up top spot vacancies with salaries ranging from £52,000 to £65,000.

Among the posts include vacancies at Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig in Inverness, Cauldeen Primary in Inverness, Cawdor Primary and Bishop Eden’s Primary in Inverness.

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