Teacher required... may need their own boat: Remote Scottish community seeks adventurer to teach their 5 children


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  • The remote Highland community of Scoraig can only be reached by boat
  •  Eclectic mix of residents are searching for a teacher for just five children
  • The Highland council has advertised the position twice without success 
  • The Scoraig community was resettled in the 60s by a group of people who wanted to live an 'alternative lifestyle' away from the mainstream 

A tiny Scottish peninsula with just 70 inhabitants is desperately searching for a teacher for its five children.

The remote Highland community of Scoraig can only be reached by boat or winding coastal path and its handful of residents lead a quiet life, living off the earth, growing their own vegetables and rearing chickens, sheep and pigs.

But with no teacher for its five children, and more babies on the way, the search is on for someone to join their fold and to safeguard the future of the Britain's most remote primary school. 

The tiny Scottish peninsula of Scoraig, which has just 70 inhabitants, has advertised for a teacher for its five children

Scoraig Primary School has advertised for a teacher with 'physical and emotional stability' who has an 'adventurous spirit' at home in the peninsula's 'wild and raw environment'

Scoraig Primary School has advertised for a teacher with 'physical and emotional stability'. 


They must have an 'adventurous spirit' at home in the peninsula's 'wild and raw environment'. 

Zoe Fothergill, administrator of the Scoraig Teaching Group charity, told the Telegraph said the school was struggling to fill the position because previously it had not been made clear to applicants that it is not simply a job.

She said: 'Whoever takes on the challenge will be buying into a significant change of lifestyle.

'In the summer or on a good day, this place is idyllic - it is absolutely amazing and the wildlife is incredible.

'But we are close to the elements and in winter months you need a lot of grit and determination to get through it. It can be a really big struggle and we need someone with a resourceful nature.'

The remote Highland community of Scoraig can only be reached by boat or winding coastal path and its handful of inhabitants live off the earth, growing their own vegetables and rearing chickens, sheep and pigs

The Scoraig community was resettled in the 60s by a group of people who wanted to live an 'alternative lifestyle'

The Highland council has advertised the position twice without success and the small group of children are being taught by supply staff brought in by ferry every day. 

Depending on experience, the salary for the post is £21,867-£34,887 per year, and now the community has launched a fresh campaign to find the right person for the role, spreading the word via Facebook.

The Scoraig community was resettled in the 60s by a group of people who wanted to live an 'alternative lifestyle'.   

The postman only calls three times a week  to the tiny community, which is comprised of around 40 houses, a community building with a village hall and kitchen, an unused lighthouse and a boat shed.

Most homes were built by their owners,which include stone builders, a violin maker, crofters, fisherman, and even a tarot card reader.

Here's a link to the position

via: Dailymail

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