The TES is reporting that universities have called for the Scottish government to increase funding for teacher training after it emerged that spending was now £13 million lower than seven years ago – despite the ongoing recruitment crisis.
The government has sought to reassure the public over recent teacher shortages, stressing that it has increased spending on initial teacher education (ITE) every year for the past five years.
And it has been quick to highlight its investment in new routes into the profession, including redundant oil workers retraining as secondary teachers.
However, figures obtained by TESS that span the past 10 years show that spending on ITE has fluctuated wildly over the period and is now substantially lower than it was a decade ago.
For the 2016-17 academic year, the teaching grant stands at £25.6 million – £13 million lower than in 2009-10 when £38.6 million was spent on teacher training.
The figures also show that between 2009-10 and 2010-11, funding for ITE was cut by around a quarter (£10 million), from £38.6 million to £28.6 million.
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