Scoraig Primary Teacher appointed

Stuart Benjafield has been appointed as Teacher for Scoraig Primary School by The Highland Council. He takes up his post when Highland Schools re-open on 7 January 2016.

Mr Benjafield’s appointment has been made after a successful appeal by the peninsula’s residents attracted wide media coverage of the vacancy which in turn attracted applicants from across the globe. Mr Benjafield is currently a Depute Head Teacher in Somerset.

Mr Benjafield said: “Somerset to Scoraig, Scotland?  - Definitely to be recommended! Truly, a stunning place with a very special, warm and welcoming community. I was so pleased and delighted to be offered the opportunity to be able to come and teach the children on Scoraig and, to become a part of this very bright and resourceful community.”

Bill Alexander, Director of Highland Council’s Care and Learning Service added: “Congratulations to Stuart on his appointment.  We are very pleased to have filled this vacancy on Scoraig which has been helped enormously by the local community creating media interest in Highland life.

“Scoraig is a wonderful community and there are many other equally welcoming and beautiful locations in the Highlands that we can have difficult recruiting to.

“At a recent Northern Summit we agreed to work with the Scottish Government and neighbouring local authorities - Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Western Isles, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands Councils to address the challenges in teacher recruitment across the north, and considered a range of ideas and potential actions.”

The Highland Council is keen to attract other qualified teachers to come and live and work in the Highlands to a variety of vacancies throughout the region.

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To speak to someone about moving to work as a teacher in Highland, please phone our Workforce Planning and Staffing Team on 01463 702734.

29 Dec 2015