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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03029: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 21 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to the figures published by the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland in the document, ADES Report on Headteacher Recruitment, which record that 411 teachers with Standard for Headship status were not working as headteachers in 2015, and what it considers the reasons are for this.

Answered by: John Swinney 29 September 2016

The Scottish Government has invited partners, including ADES and teachers’ representatives, to form a Working Group tasked with taking shared action on the Report’s recommendations.

Holding the Standard for Headship is not, in itself, a ticket to promotion and aspirant headteachers are still required to complete local authority recruitment processes for headteacher posts. The new Into Headship programme, which replaces the Scottish Qualification for Headship and the Flexible Route to Headship, requires local authorities to confirm that their candidates are within two to three years of becoming a headteacher thereby helping to ensure those trained are ready for the role.