James McEnaney

Teacher-training squeeze smacks of political PR

Scotland needs more teachers, but government plans are more papering over the cracks than fully repairing the walls

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Amid warnings of teacher shortages from across the country, TESS revealed last month that the government was seeking to condense the standard two-year teacher-training period – postgraduate diploma and induction year – into just one (“Trainee teachers could qualify in half the time”, 29 July).

The most obvious way to achieve this would be to combine the 18 weeks of school experience with the induction year, meaning successful completion of just three teaching placements could allow an individual to achieve the status of fully qualified teacher. This would set a disastrous precedent, piling ...

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