Dear Aberdeen City Council,

The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Learned Societies Group on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Scotland are concerned about the difficulties local authorities are experiencing in recruiting teachers in these subjects. With a view to improving the situation, we are gathering a comprehensive picture of current staffing and the extent to which it falls short of what is ideally required. We hope, therefore, that you will help us by giving the information sought in the following FOI questions.

1. How many qualified specialist school teachers (in FTE) does each secondary school in your local authority currently have in the following STEM subjects?

a) Biology
b) Chemistry
c) Maths
d) Physics
e) Technological Education
We would like this information broken down by school and in FTE format.

2. At each school, if the number of specialist teachers is zero in any of the above STEM subjects, then I would like to know the reason for this.

3. What complement of specialist secondary school teachers would your local authority require in order to ensure that each school was fully staffed to deliver an optimal curriculum in each of the above STEM subjects? Ideally, we would like this information broken down by school and in FTE format.

4. How many teacher vacancies have been advertised in the above STEM subjects in 2015-16 and in 2016-17? Please answer on a subject-by-subject basis, and provide separate responses for each year.

5. How many of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 vacancies have been filled?

6. How many of the vacancies were advertised two or more times?

7. How many secondary schools, if any, within the local authority have experienced difficulties in obtaining subject specialist supply teachers for the above STEM subjects?

8. To what extent have teacher shortages in the above STEM subjects affected the subject choices of pupils in secondary schools in your local authority?

Best wishes,
Paul Stuart
Policy Officer
Royal Society of Edinburgh

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Stuart

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-17-1168.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 10
August 2017.   

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 7 September 2017.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Gail Halfyard

 

Information Compliance Team
Customer Service
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Aberdeen City Council
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Dear Mr Stuart,

 

Thank you for your information request of 10 August 2017.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested.

 

1. How many qualified specialist school teachers (in FTE) does each
secondary school in your local authority currently have in the following
STEM subjects?

a) Biology

b) Chemistry

c) Maths

d) Physics

e) Technological Education

 

We would like this information broken down by school and in FTE format.

Please see undernoted information taken from the 2016 Teacher Census
return:

 

Row Labels Biology Chemistry Maths Physics Technical Grand Total
Education
Main subject taught 4.8 4 7.91 6 2.8 25.51
other subject 1   1 0.6   2.6
Aberdeen Grammar 5.8 4 8.91 6.6 2.8 28.11
School
Main subject taught 3 3 6 2 2 16
other subject 1   0.6     1.6
Bridge of Don 4 3 6.6 2 2 17.6
Academy
Main subject taught 1.8 3 5 3 1 13.8
other subject       1   1
Bucksburn Academy 1.8 3 5 4 1 14.8
Main subject taught 6 3.2 9.2 4 4 26.4
other subject   3   1 1 5
Cults Academy 6 6.2 9.2 5 5 31.4
Main subject taught 1 1 5 2   9
other subject     1     1
Dyce Academy 1 1 6 2   10
Main subject taught 2 4.86 9 4 4 23.86
other subject 1         1
Harlaw Academy 3 4.86 9 4 4 24.86
Main subject taught 3.2 4 6 1 2 16.2
other subject 0.2 1       1.2
Hazlehead Academy 3.4 5 6 1 2 17.4
Main subject taught 3 0.6 3 0.8 2 9.4
other subject   1 1.8 1 1 4.8
Kincorth Academy 3 1.6 4.8 1.8 3 14.2
Main subject taught 4 1 7 2 2 16
Northfield Academy 4 1 7 2 2 16
Main subject taught 4 3 6 2 2 17
other subject     1.5 1   2.5
Oldmachar Academy 4 3 7.5 3 2 19.5
Main subject taught 2.6 1.6 7.8 1.5 6 19.5
other subject   1 1 0.6 0.6 3.2
St Machar Academy 2.6 2.6 8.8 2.1 6.6 22.7
Main subject taught 1.6 2 5.8 1 0.6 11
other subject   0.6       0.6
Torry Academy 1.6 2.6 5.8 1 0.6 11.6
Grand Total 40.2 37.86 84.61 34.5 31 228.17

 

 

2. At each school, if the number of specialist teachers is zero in any of
the above STEM subjects, then I would like to know the reason for this.

Not applicable, please see our response above.

 

3. What complement of specialist secondary school teachers would your
local authority require in order to ensure that each school was fully
staffed to deliver an optimal curriculum in each of the above STEM
subjects? Ideally, we would like this information broken down by school
and in FTE format.

It is not possible to provide a response to this question.

 

The overall teaching allocation to schools is role dependant. There are no
fixed staffing allocations for individual subjects therefore it is not
possible to calculate ‘fully staffed’ levels for specific subjects.

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on What complement of
specialist secondary school teachers would your local authority require in
order to ensure that each school was fully staffed to deliver an optimal
curriculum in each of the above STEM subjects as it is not held by ACC. 
In order to comply with its obligations under the terms of Section 17 of
the FOISA, ACC hereby gives notice that this information is not held by
it.

 

4. How many teacher vacancies have been advertised in the above STEM
subjects in 2015-16 and in 2016-17? Please answer on a subject-by-subject
basis, and provide separate responses for each year.  

Information for 2015/2016 is not available.

 

In 2016/2017 the following teacher vacancies in STEM were advertised:

 

Biology= 8.2FTE

Chemistry=4.2FTE

Design+Tech= 6.8FTE

Maths=8FTE

Physics=5FTE

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on How many teacher
vacancies have been advertised in the above STEM subjects in 2015-16 as it
is not held by ACC.  In order to comply with its obligations under the
terms of Section 17 of the FOISA, ACC hereby gives notice that this
information is not held by it. 

 

5. How many of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 vacancies have been filled?

Information for 2015/2016 is not available.

 

The following STEM vacancies were filled in 2016/2017

STEM Vacancies August 2017:

Biology= 7.2FTE

Chemistry= 2.2FTE

Design + Tech = 2.8FTE

Maths=  4FTE

Physics= 2FTE

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on How many of the 2015-16
vacancies have been filled as it is not held by ACC.  In order to comply
with its obligations under the terms of Section 17 of the FOISA, ACC
hereby gives notice that this information is not held by it.

 

6. How many of the vacancies were advertised two or more times? 

This information is not recorded.

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on How many of the vacancies
were advertised two or more times as it is not held by ACC.  In order to
comply with its obligations under the terms of Section 17 of the FOISA,
ACC hereby gives notice that this information is not held by it.

 

7. How many secondary schools, if any, within the local authority have
experienced difficulties in obtaining subject specialist supply teachers
for the above STEM subjects?

Aberdeen City has 12 Secondary Schools. Over session 2016/2017 most of
these schools will have had challenges in obtaining supply teachers in
specific subjects.

 

Details of specific supply teaching requests are not recorded by ECS so an
exact answer cannot be provided.

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on How many secondary
schools, if any, within the local authority have experienced difficulties
in obtaining subject specialist supply teachers for the above STEM
subjects as it is not held by ACC.  In order to comply with its
obligations under the terms of Section 17 of the FOISA, ACC hereby gives
notice that this information is not held by it.

 

8. To what extent have teacher shortages in the above STEM subjects
affected the subject choices of pupils in secondary schools in your local
authority?

In schools where there have been challenges in making appointments in STEM
subjects there may have adjustment to the curriculum offered in the Broad
General Education. The focus would be on delivering National
Qualifications.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

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Dear Grant,

Thanks for providing the information to the questions. Regarding the answer to question 1, would it be possible to have this in excel or word format? The current format on the what do they know webpage is unclear and makes it difficult for me to process it into excel. If this is possible could you please email the doc to [email address].

Yours sincerely,
Paul Stuart

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Stuart,

 

Thank you for your email which we received on 8 September 2017. Please see
attached an Excel version of the information you have requested. I
apologise for our delay in responding.

 

We hope this helps with you request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

 

Information Compliance Team

Customer Service

Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
3rd Floor North

Business Hub 17
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