Fast-track teaching course to plug Scottish gaps gets go ahead.

A fast-track teacher training course aimed at plugging shortages has received official accreditation. The Scotsman reports.

The course covers the two-year postgraduate diploma of education (PGDE) and teacher induction in 18 months by reducing holidays.

Developed by Dundee and the Highlands and Islands universities, it is targeted at recruiting teachers in chemistry, computing, home economics, mathematics and physics in rural areas.

The universities will work with four rural local authorities – Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute, Highland and Scottish Borders – to enable trainee teachers to learn in their own local area with financial support from their council.

Education secretary John Swinney said: “This innovative programme will aim to broaden the range of people entering the profession in shortage subject areas and provide a challenging and rewarding opportunity to train in rural schools within areas of high deprivation.”

GTCS director of education and professional learning Ellen Doherty said: “This is an intensive programme which covers the equivalent of a two-year PGDE and teacher induction in 18 months.”

“I have no doubt that successful completion of this Masters level programme will see us with a new cohort of exceptional teachers, ready to teach in rural areas in secondary STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subject areas.”

Read more Fast-track teaching course to plug Scottish gaps gets go ahead.

Should the rest of the UK consider courses similar to this to aid the teacher shortage? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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