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Dumfries and Galloway teachers take up retirement deals

Category: Scotland

Published: 24th Mar 2011 09:31:18

More than 100 teachers in Dumfries and Galloway are taking early retirement as part of plans to cut costs and bring through newly-qualified staff.

The Teacher Refresh Scheme was approved by the local authority in January.

As part of the project, some 156 teachers will now be recruited including 60 probationers.

Sandra McDowell, who chairs the education committee, welcomed the news and said she had no major concern about losing so many experienced staff.

She said: "I pay tribute to the long service of those who have elected to take early retirement, but am absolutely delighted that so many new teaching posts are now on offer, with applications being received at a very encouraging rate.

"We know what excellent prospects there are for teaching in wonderful Dumfries and Galloway.

"With the huge investments we have made in new schools and major upgrade programmes, we can now offer an exceptional opportunity for new teachers."

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