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Teacher Recruitment


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Moray, along with other rural local authorities has struggled to recruit teachers to vacancies in recent years largely due to a shortage of teachers, but also due to rurality factors. At one point there were 60 vacancies across our 53 schools.

Theme: Children and Education

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A major local business, Springfield Properties was keen to work with us to attract people to the Moray area. Therefore, for a period of time during the school year 2015/16, teaching posts in Moray were advertised along with the offer of six months rent free accommodation in a new build apartment, provided by Springfield Properties. These were located across Moray and so we could equally attract people to areas other than the main hub of Elgin.

This offer was taken up by many teachers and was particularly beneficial for those coming from outwith the area, who perhaps still had a property elsewhere and it allowed them to come here and have six months to make necessary arrangements for their current property without having to worry about additional rent etc therefore giving additional peace of mind. Whilst there is still a shortage of teachers and we still face recruitment challenges, this approach was quite “different”, was an excellent example of private/public sector partnership and it gained significant local and national media coverage which in itself highlighted the local area.

The project worked well, communication between our own Education offices and Springfield Properties was central to its success and it generated some very good publicity which served to highlight the issues facing rural Scotland.

Contact details:

To find out more about this case study, please contact:


Laurence Findlay

Corporate Director (Education and Social Care)

The Moray Council

01343 563530

Case study added to site: June 2016

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