How we can keep our best teachers

The fact that Scotland's teachers are sought after the world over means that if we want to hang on to them, then we must work harder to make them feel valued. Alex Wood looks at how this might be achieved.

There has been a flurry of recent interest in the Scottish press over English councils, including Kent, recruiting Scottish teachers.

The recruitment firm leading the Kent campaign noted that teachers were among Scotland’s “greatest exports”. It’s a back-handed compliment but Scottish teachers should be happy to accept it.

It has not however only been English local authorities that have been actively recruiting Scottish teachers. Schools in the Middle East and Far East regularly advertise teaching posts, at all levels, in the Scottish press. Talented Scottish teachers, including at senior levels, have headed to Singapore, to the Gulf States and to Hong Kong and, to some extent, that is inevitable. Scots are adventurous.

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