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High dropout rate for PGDE ‘leaves schools short of staff’

Education directors demand changes to postgraduate selection, claiming taxpayers’ cash is being wasted

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Students taking the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education are twice as likely to drop out as postgraduate students overall, according to new figures, prompting calls for more rigorous selection on to courses.

The figures, obtained by TESS, show that 5.6 per cent of 2,305 people studying for the PGDE in Scotland – the most popular route into teaching – dropped out in 2014-15.

This compared with an overall dropout rate of 2.8 per cent among all postgraduate students studying at Scottish universities that year – the most recent period for which figures are available.

However, the figures ...

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