EDUCATION bosses in the Borders are holding a careers fair later this month as they try to fill headteacher and depute head for 13 schools across the region.

Both Hawick High and Selkirk High are currently advertising for new heads.

And similar posts are available at Langlee Primary, Ayton & Reston Primary, Burnfoot Community School, both Parkside and Howdenburn primaries in Jedburgh, and the recently opened Leader Valley Primary School in Earlston.

St Ronan's in Innerleithen and Walkerburn Primary have vacancies for deputes, as do Trinity Primary in Hawick, and both St Boswells and Newtown St Boswells primary schools.

Scottish Borders Council is holding the event on Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25 at the Transport Interchange in Galashiels for teachers who are considering the next step in their careers.

The local authority is keen to hear from all dedicated and enthusiastic teaching professionals.

Donna Manson, Scottish Borders Council’s Service Director Children and Young People, added: “This is a council which is deeply committed to ensuring that all children and young people in the Scottish Borders are given the best possible opportunities in life in terms of academic achievement, vocational experience and social and emotional development.

"What we are looking for is dedicated professionals who are ambitious for the future, not only for their own career development but also for the children and young people of the Borders.

"This is an exciting time for education in our region and I would encourage anyone who would like to be part of our vision to come along and talk to us about the range of opportunities that we have available.”

The Friday session will run from 2pm to 4pm while the Saturday one is from 10am to 2pm.

Candidates will have the chance to speak in depth to existing heads and senior managers to find out more about what it is like to be a leader within Scottish Borders Council and the strategic plan that is in place to support all learners.

Headteacher Carolyn Didcock relocated to the Scottish Borders last year to take up a post at Philiphaugh Community School in Selkirk.

She told us: “My experience of living and working here has been positive.

"I’ve been warmly welcomed both by the children and families in the two schools I lead and also by staff and headteacher colleagues.

"With Scottish Borders Council being a smaller authority, colleagues are always available to offer a strong network of support and collaborative working is embraced.”