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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04386: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government further to the answer to question S5W-03847 by John Swinney on 31 October 2016, whether it keeps data on head teacher vacancies and if so, for what reason it has no plans to publish this.

Answered by: John Swinney 10 November 2016

This local information was collected solely for the purpose of informing the annual teacher workforce planning exercise and we have no plans to publish it. Teacher and head teacher vacancy information is available from individual local authorities or at

The Scottish Government does not collect formal statistics on teacher vacancies. However, to strengthen the annual teacher workforce planning exercise with local intelligence, local authorities were asked to provide teacher vacancy numbers as at 21 September 2016. Head teacher vacancies are not shown separately in the information provided.