State Broadcaster Jamie McIvor’s ‘analysis’ of Scottish ‘teacher shortages’ anecdotal and hiding truth

BBCby Prof. John Robertson  |  Talking-Up Scotland  |  7 Jan 2019  |  Image :  Pixabay



Though far from eye-catching, the headline above is not that bad, though more speech marks would make it more accurate and informative:

‘Some’ schools ‘unable to find’ ‘some’ staff they ‘need?’

Based on, no surprise, the combined work of the Lib Dems Broadcasting Liaison Office and BBC research officers, McIvor offers us this kind of thing:

  • Some Scottish schools have had to advertise multiple times in order to fill teaching posts, according to figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.
  • Freedom of information requests submitted to all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities found one post had been advertised as many as 14 times.
  • The responses also showed some open posts had had no applications.
  • On the other side of the country, a vacant primary school teaching post in East Ayrshire was advertised nine times.

All very interesting in a gossipy sort of way but we don’t get any statistics to help us judge the scale and severity of the problem. Could that be because the statistics are not very worrying?

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