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260 extra trainee teachers

Published: 3 Jan 2016 09:30
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Funding for more teacher training places confirmed for 2016/17.

Over £2 million funding is being made available to train an extra 260 teachers next year.

More places will also be made available at all of Scotland's teacher education universities.

The increase of 60 primary and 200 secondary student teacher places will bring the total intake to 3,490, a rise for the fifth year in a row. This breaks down as:
• 1,230 post-graduate primary places - up 60 on last year's target
• 710 undergraduate primary places
• 1,350 secondary places - up 185 on last year's target
• 200 undergraduate secondary places - up 15 on last year's target
A teacher recruitment campaign was launched in September with a focus on attracting teachers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

The Scottish Government is also asking the new Strategic Board for Teacher Education to consider whether further actions are needed to make sure we have the right numbers of teachers in our schools.

Education Secretary Angela Constance said:

"We want to make sure we have the right number of skilled teachers in our schools to help all of our young people to succeed.

"That's why we worked with local authorities to maintain teacher numbers this year and aim to do the same again next year, with a further £51 million funding.

"And why we are increasing student places for the fifth year in a row, targeting them at areas where they are needed most such as Aberdeen and Highlands and Islands universities.

"We have upped last year's student teacher targets for science, technology, engineering and maths and we know these will be challenging for the universities to meet. I will be asking the new Strategic Board for Teacher Education to look at our workforce planning, particularly in the secondary sector, to consider whether there is more we can do.

"We also launched a teacher recruitment campaign in September with a focus on the STEM subjects and we are working with the universities to maximise its impact."

Notes to editors

The annual teacher workforce planning exercise leads to setting student teacher intake targets. This is done in partnership with stakeholders including the teacher education universities, local authorities, teacher unions and the Scottish Funding Council.

The University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Stirling, University of Strathclyde, University of the West of Scotland and the University of the Highlands and Islands are the eight providers of teacher training places.

Additional places include:
• University of West of Scotland / Dumfries and Galloway Council programme – increased to 30 places (20 primary and 10 secondary) from 9 primary last year
• University of Aberdeen – increase from 30 to 40 primary places for their part time distance learning programme
• University of Highlands and Islands – primary places increased from 60 to 80 to open the programme to Benbecula, Barra and Thurso and a further eight secondary places are available targeted in areas of greatest need.