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What do we want? Education. When do we want it? Always

Opting for fast-track ‘teacher training’ over in-depth ‘teacher education’ is a false economy when staff play a pivotal role in promoting a free and equal society

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If you want to make a room full of education lecturers in Scotland wince – and I know you do – start talking about teacher “training”. We don’t do “teacher training” in Scotland.

What does it matter what we call it? And are we just being difficult besoms, with a bit too much time on our hands for semantics? (Yes, we can be difficult – back to that in a moment – and, no, we have no time at all.) What we do in Scotland is called teacher “education”. Not teacher training but “initial teacher education” (ITE). I would like to explain exactly why this matters so much to those involved, and why it ...

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