Permanent teaching posts to be created in academies

New permanent teaching posts are to be created in Aberdeenshire, after a revised school staffing formula was approved by councillors.

A working group made up of secondary head teachers, depute teachers and the Joint Trade Union Secretary has been working on revising the staffing formula since March 2012, to support the implementation of the Curriculum of Excellence.

The revised formula went before members of the Policy and Resources Committee on Thursday and was approved unanimously.

The new formula means the creation of 17 new permanent teaching posts in Aberdeenshire.

Director of education, Maria Walker, told the committee: “The posts will be provided on a pro rata basis, depending on the school roll.”

The revised staffing allocation is designed to allow schools to regularise temporary staffing arrangements and employ staff permanently, which in turn will aid the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence and provide pupils with greater opportunities for personalisation and choice in their senior school years.

The report to councillors detailed how the expenditure of £667,000 has been identified to support the new formula.