ONLY 33 places have been taken up on a teachers' free travel scheme and the remaining 467 must be filled by next April- but Scottish teachers are excluded.
Although the scheme operates through the UK Central Bureau for International Education and Training, it is sponsored by the Department for Education and Employment and applies only south of the border.
Joe Wake, head of the bureau in Scotland, said the teachers' international profssional development scheme arose from England's 1997 Green Paper on education, and "we are running two to three years behind".
But he hoped that the recent draft report Outlook International by the Scottish Executive Education Department might "create a hook from which a similar scheme could be hung".
The English scheme gives teachers free travel and accommodation on visits to partner schools in Europe for up to two weeks.