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Aspiring student teachers thwarted by lack of places

Oversubscription to popular train-as-you-work scheme prompts government to put universities on notice over funding for unfilled teacher education places

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A scheme that trains people to become teachers is being forced to turn away applicants at a time when one of the councils it serves is considering cutting the school day due to teacher shortages.

The Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education (DLITE) scheme, which began in north-east Scotland in 2014, allows people living and working in the area to retrain as a teacher while they hold down their current job.

Each year, about 40 primary teachers train via DLITE across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Highland and Moray; in September last year, a version of the scheme for secondary also ...

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