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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07326: Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 17 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to monitor teacher vacancies following the discontinuance of previous data sets in 2010.

Answered by: John Swinney 7 March 2017

The Scottish Government does not collect formal statistics on teacher vacancies.

However, to strengthen the annual teacher workforce planning exercise with local information, the Scottish Government and COSLA worked together to survey local authorities on teacher vacancy numbers. The information was collected solely for the purpose of informing the annual teacher workforce planning exercise. It is a snapshot of the teacher vacancy situation as at 21 September 2016.

Current teacher vacancy information is available from individual local authorities or at