College students targeted to fix teacher shortage

FE learners could offer solution to recruitment crisis

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Scottish universities are planning to target college students in a bid to improve recruitment to teacher-education courses.

This year, 30 per cent of places on secondary PGDE courses – the most common route into secondary teaching in Scotland – went unfilled. History, modern studies, PE and psychology were the only subjects to hit their targets.

However, the head of the University of Strathclyde’s School of Education, Professor Ian Rivers – who is also an expert on homophobic and transphobic bullying – believes his university may have a solution that could see teacher-education institutions ...

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