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A Strathclyde University initiative has helped schools struggling to cope with a trainee in their midst.

The drive to reduce S1 and S2 English class sizes saw entrants to secondary English at Strathclyde University's department of curricular studies more than double from 2004-05 to 2006-07, so far more schools had to take in trainees.

Student feedback suggested that training requirements in schools not accustomed to their presence was "significant", and the university produced a special DVD which was piloted in more than 100 schools taking English students. Feedback has been largely positive.

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