Moray attracts high praise for Armed Forces Covenant commitment

Moray comes in for praise for its approach
Moray comes in for praise for its approach to the Armed Forces Covenant.

POLICIES PUT IN PLACE by Moray Council that make it easier for Teachers to transfer their skills from England to Scotland have been praised as ‘an example of good practice’.

The praise came in a report by the Forces in Mind Trust “Our Community, Our Covenant”, which examines ways in which the Armed Forces Covenant has been implemented throughout the UK.

Moray Council signed the covenant in February 2012, representing a commitment from community organisations and groups to work together with the armed forced, further strengthening relations between military and civilian populations.

The report has been co-produced with the Local Government Association in England and highlights the efforts by Moray Council in making it easier for teachers who have qualified under the English system to teach in Scotland – and in liaising with parents to clarify the differences between the English

The report says: “Moray Council perceived that different legislation between the home nations has created disadvantage for the families of those coming to Moray from across the border.

“In partnership with the General Teaching Council of Scotland, the council introduced a pilot scheme to allow conditional registration for English teachers. This allowed them to work as teachers immediately whilst they gained the qualifications required of the Scottish system.

“This successful pilot scheme now applies to all teachers crossing the border, but an awareness of the issue stemmed from the council’s attention to the armed forces community present in Moray.”

It adds that the council is also currently working on a programme to help inform parents of the differences in educational systems, saying: “The council is seeking to convey that in practice a child moving from Year 1 in England to P2 in Scotland will be moving horizontally to a class of their age peers.

“This was important to the council in Moray that not only did children receive the correct level of classroom education but also that they were more likely to integrate socially with children of their own age.”

Moray Council’s armed forces champion, Councillor Chris Tuke, welcomed the report, thanking the GTCS for its cooperation and “pragmatic attitude in establishing the Conditional Provisional Registration Scheme following our identification of the problems faced, particularly, by service spouses accompanying military personnel crossing the English/Scottish border”.

He added: “I would also like to emphasise that the spirit of the Military Covenant is to mitigate disadvantage due to service in the armed forces and not to give preference or advantage and express my gratitude to all the other agencies and charities, outwith the council, that help Moray play its part in support of service personnel, current and past, along with their families.”