Professor Donald Gillies

Time to put the record straight on Scotland’s teacher education

Parliament’s debate on teacher education revealed misunderstandings of the system

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Last month's high-profile inquiry of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee into teacher workforce planning is another welcome indication of the importance given to educational matters at Holyrood.

Of course, much of the current interest has a distinct political and electoral edge, as opposition parties seek to gain advantage from the government’s difficulties around recent surveys and attainment data. The committee took particular interest in its own survey of student teachers in Scotland and the views expressed by those invited to give evidence in person. Both the committee ...

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