New routes into teaching announced

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has unveiled plans to develop new routes into teaching, backed by over £1 million from the Scottish Government Attainment Scotland Fund.

Proposals include tailored help for teachers looking to return; moves to get new STEM teachers into classrooms as soon as possible; the development of flexible teachers who can move between primaries and secondaries; a fast track route allowing postgraduate learning and the probation year at once; and creating more joint degrees that combine teaching with specialist subjects such as science subjects.

It is estimated that the plans, put forward by the Scottish Council of Deans of Education, will bring more than 200 new teachers into the profession to help tackle problems with teacher recruitment.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney revealed the plans on a visit to the University of Dundee. He said: “Teachers are the bedrock of Scotland’s education system and I want to ensure we do everything we can to attract talented graduates to a career in teaching. The quality of teaching is key to helping pupils achieve and to our aspiration of closing the attainment gap.

“These innovative proposals are designed to do just that while, crucially, maintaining the traditionally high standard of teaching in Scotland. We will not change the standard we expect new recruits to attain before they become fully-fledged teachers, but we are determined to broaden the routes into the classroom and speed up the process."

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