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'Drillie days' are here again for Jordanhill campus

Pre-service training in physical education is to return to the Jordanhill campus of Strathclyde University next session after winning backing from the General Teaching Council for Scotland and the Scottish Executive.

The revival will stir nostaglia in the bulk of male PE teachers over the age of 40 who went through their "drillie" days at Jordanhill - before it lost its 55-year-old training status in the late 1980s to the Moray House Cramond campus in Edinburgh in a move which was shrouded in political controversy.

But while training will return to the Glasgow site, it will be limited to graduates who want to become PE teachers and use the university's "sport-related degrees" to meet the entry requirements demanded by the GTC.

The Scottish School of Sport Studies at Jordanhill already contributes to a host of education faculty modulesand courses in PE, the expressive arts, health studies and health education. The school also delivers the PE element of the four-year BEd and one-year postgraduate courses for primary teachers - both pre-service courses.

Since Jordanhill lost its PE base, it has developed a range of courses in outdoor education, exercise and sport that offer avenues into careers in leisure and recreation.

Stuart Forsyth, a seconded PE lecturer, said this week: "Graduates from any university who satisfy the course entry memorandum for physical education may join the competition for a place at interview, with successful completion of a 'performance element' also used for selection purposes."

Mr Forsyth added: "There is more than sufficient course provision in sports-related undergraduate programmes both here in the United Kingdom and beyond."

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