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Still Game's Isa lands new role teaching kids with special needs at Scots school

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Still Game's Isa lands new role teaching kids with special needs at Scots school


Still Game’s Isa has swapped life in Craiglang for a role teaching children in a Special Education Needs school.

Actress Jane McCarry may be best known for playing gossip Isa in the hit BBC Scotland sitcom, but it now looking forward to working at Craigmarloch School in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde.

At the school Jane, 50, will teach children with additional support needs.

She played Isa in the long-running TV show for 17 years but has always worked as a secondary school teacher as well.

Kids have already recognised her from appearing at the panto in nearby Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock, where she alongside fellow Still Game star Mark Cox, who played Tam Mullen.

Jane said: “Whatever job you do, panto, Still Game, or teaching, it’s important to have a laugh and smile every day.

“It’s so important to enjoy what you do.

“I’ve been a secondary teacher for 20 years and have been in and out of schools all the time, until Covid came.

“I’ve always done both to survive.

“I love Inverclyde – every year I look forward to working with Pauline Kane and the team at the Beacon, and being in the rehearsal rooms upstairs and watching the ships sail up and down.

Greg Hemphill, Ford Kiernan and Jane McCarry who play Victor, Jack and Isa

“It’s a beautiful wee theatre to play.”

It was through Marie Byrne, a panto chaperone and whose husband David works at the school, that she found out about the vacancy.

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Jane said: “Marie told me there was a supply job at Craigmarloch.

“She told me it was a wonderful school and that I would love it here.

“Lots of kids know me as Isa but also know me as a bad witch from the Beacon pantomime.

“Some ask me questions about being on TV and the panto.

“I am having great fun here with the staff and pupils.

“All the staff are so lovely and they work as a team.”

The Still Game cast

Jane also joked about what Still Game leads Jack and Victor would make of her teaching job, adding: “I think they would say: ‘poor weans, having to listen to Isa’.”





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