Teacher maternity boom

Plans to tackle problems recruiting primary school teachers in Wigtownshire are underway, said a council official this week.

Colin Grant of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s education department said at a meeting of Wigtown Area Committee on Wednesday that filling positions in the west had been a struggle due to a combination of factors, including the continuing offer of temporary contracts.

He added that there was a high amount of maternity leave cases at present, many staff had been promoted or taken secondment and some had transferred to other authorities.

Councillor Willie Scobie suggested that a lack of permanent contracts was failing to lure people to the region, and Mr Grant said this was hopefully to be tackled through extra funding to allow for cash incentives and relocation packages, if plans go ahead.

Recruitment adverts will also be aimed at Northern Ireland and Cumbria.