Scottish teacher training numbers increase

BBC is reporting that the number of people in teacher training in Scotland has gone up for the third year running, according to new figures.

There are nearly 4,000 new student teachers in Scotland this year.

The Scottish government also said the number of vacancies being advertised for more than three months had fallen sharply.

There have been concerns about the difficulties some secondary schools have faced filling vacancies.

Their worries have centred around the challenge of filling posts in subjects such as science, technology and maths – and in certain rural and deprived parts of the country.

The latest Scottish government figures show the number of posts in secondary schools advertised for more than three months fell from 229 last year to 148 this year.

The Scottish government statistics also show:

  • Student teacher intake increased for three years in a row, reaching 3,902 in 2018 compared to 3,376 in 2015-16
  • Growth in teacher numbers across all STEM subjects (Science, Technical, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • Student primary teacher intake rose to 2,082 and exceeded targets for 2018
  • 1,494 student teachers will start at secondary level, up from 1,226 in 2017

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said education remained the number one priority for the government.

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