The Scotsman reports that trainee teachers in Scotland could soon be given lessons by schoolchildren to prepare them for life in the classroom, under proposals being considered by the Education Secretary.
The idea is being examined by John Swinney as part of plans to modernise teacher training at universities, with the aim of giving students a children’s-eye view of learning.
The proposal is being developed following a special meeting of the Scottish Cabinet a year ago which was attended by representatives from the Children’s Parliament and Youth Parliament.
A progress report published by the Scottish Government ahead of the next meeting, due to be held in Edinburgh next month, says Mr Swinney is giving serious thought to the idea.
The idea could also influence an ongoing review of the standards that all students have to meet in order to become teachers being led by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).
The body is currently working with the charity Children in Scotland on a “landmark” project which will canvass young people’s opinions about their teachers.
“It makes sense to involve children and young people in supporting and contributing to teacher training,” said Children in Scotland’s chief executive Jackie Brock.
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