Fresh plea for more to be done in council’s long-running teacher shortage

Councillor Sonya Warren has welcomed news of the community centre's overhaul.

A “rethink” has been called for in a local authority’s approach to advertising classroom vacancies.

This week it was revealed Moray Council had cut advertising spending for teacher positions to about £20,000 last year compared to £111,000 the previous year – despite the region being in the midst of a long-running recruitment crisis.

However, Councillor Sonya Warren, education spokeswoman for the council’s SNP group, has called for more to be done.

Tim Eagle, chairman of the council’s children and young people’s committee, said: “Given the financial situation of the council the department took the difficult decision to stop some other forms of advertising.

“This has had no detrimental effect on the number of applicants, in fact there has been

an increase for some posts.”

The authority, which is attempting to plug a £23 million shortfall before March next year, previously said the savings were due to a shift towards advertising online and a more targeted approach.

The funding for 2016/17 was used to pay for adverts in school leaver and student magazines in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as armed forces magazines in the hope of attracting ex-forces and current personnel’s spouses.