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Fast-tracking ‘is a force for good’

Course will put Stem teachers in class six months earlier

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Scotland’s teaching watchdog has hit back at accusations that it is overseeing a dilution of standards in teacher education by signing off a course that will fast-track science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) teachers into the profession.

Ellen Doherty, the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s (GTCS) director of education and professional learning, said the initiative, which will place Stem teachers in the classroom six months sooner than their peers and see them paid the £22,500 salary of a probationer from the outset, was a “force for good” that would help Scotland tackle its ...

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