The first cut is the deepest
Ministers may want schools to do their bit, but the main training duty they face is to take in newly qualified teachers for a year. Where schools have good relations with teacher education institutions, they take part willingly. But others will have to be persuaded and the latest financial inducement will help.
Plans are already under way to make training more local, in Highland and Dumfries and Galloway, for instance, so more schools outside the central belt should be enabled to take their quota. It will be regrettable if the negative experiences probationers used to face after they qualified are replaced by unhappy experiences before they are qualified.