15th June 2012 

Commenting on the publication of the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s annual survey of employment for newly qualified teachers, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:

"These figures show that employment prospects for newly qualified teachers have improved over the past year, though much more still needs to be done to ensure that sufficient numbers of stable employment opportunities are made available across Scotland.

"The agreement that was reached last year between the EIS, the Scottish Government and local authorities placed an emphasis on securing teaching jobs and creating employment opportunities by guaranteeing a set number of teaching posts across Scotland.

"The evidence provided by the GTCS survey is that this agreement has had a positive impact on the employment of newly qualified teachers, although we recognise that there is a need to re-visit the issue of short term supply teachers."

However Mr Flanagan went on to say, "There must be concern over the apparent growth in short-term and temporary contracts for teachers. While the creation of new teaching jobs is welcome, the quality of those jobs must also be considered.

"The marked growth in the use of temporary contracts by many local authorities is leading to the casualisation of the teaching workforce and robbing schools and pupils of the vital stability that is needed to ensure a high-quality learning and teaching experience in all parts of our education system.”