Emma Seith

Probationers ‘aren’t good enough’, heads warn

Teacher-education bosses deny a drop in quality among entrants to the profession

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Scottish headteachers have hit out at the quality of probationer teachers entering the system over the past few years, particularly in the primary sector.

The general secretaries of secondary headteachers’ organisation School Leaders Scotland (SLS) and primary heads’ body AHDS both say their members are concerned about a drop in standards.

According to AHDS general secretary Greg Dempster, the main weaknesses highlighted by primary heads are the teaching of literacy and numeracy, and classroom management.

Research reported in Tes Scotland earlier this year showed that a large minority of new ...

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