Bid to lure 15,000 teachers back to the classroom

The initiative aims to bring registered teachers back into the profession.

Up to 15,000 teachers could be brought back into the profession when schools return.

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) is working on an initiative which will see the 15,294 teachers current registered but not working given the chance to return to the classroom.

GTCS chief executive Ken Muir told The Herald newspaper the project was being “finalised” but encouraged interested teachers to contact their local council.

Last month, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced schools would return on August 11 as part of a “blended model” of learning which would see pupils spend up to half of their time at home.

Guidance published by the education recovery group (ERG) – chaired by Education Secretary John Swinney – said retired and former teachers could come back into the fold, along with local authorities using libraries and church halls to allow for smaller classes to facilitate social distancing.

Mr Muir said: “We are pleased to be part of this collaborative approach to supporting the teaching profession and helping children and young people return to schools when it is safe to do so.

“As part of this work, we are currently finalising with Scottish Government and other partners how arrangements will be managed.

“In the meantime, and to maintain public confidence, we suggest that teachers who are registered with GTCS, who hold a current PVG and who are interested in returning to teaching contact the local authority they wish to support.

“As employers, local authorities can provide further advice at this time.”

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