Petition the Scottish Government anyone?

4th April 2008 at 01:00
Posted by jenmac

Does anyone know if there is a petition about the number of people being trained to be teachers in Scotland versus the number of jobs available?

Posted by Raymagnol

I'm not sure there is a national problem. ITE numbers are set by SEED on projections of need and does allow for local anomalies. So there may be many teachers and no vacancies in Glasgow, but no teachers and vacancies in Borders. If you could prove that nationally there was a huge surplus of teachers being trained, I'd support your "petition", but I don't think the evidence supports you.

Posted by JPM1967

No evidence? The Scottish Government's figures for primary teacher training intake are the following: 2006-07: 2,545; 2005-06: 2,405; 2004-05: 1,955; 2003-04: 1,580; 2002-03: 1,455, with the three-year average before that 1,218. Numbers have more than doubled in a short time. Plus, the proportion of PGDE students within these figures has steadily increased, from 35 per cent in 2000 to almost 70 per cent in 2007. With the short turnaround of post-grads that means a sudden swell of probationers and NQTs at a time when LAs appear to have eased off on early retirements.

Count me in if you petition.

Posted by jenmac

It is hard to quantify the number of teachers retiring. We can get their ages and that they will be eligible to retire in the next 10 years, but when they do retire is a personal decision. There haven't been many vacancies advertised for my subject and with the council tax freezes, it seems there will be some who won't recruit.

Posted by Raymagnol

If they don't have trained teachers to replace those who retire, we'd have to face the prospect of classes being cancelled. What can the Executive do about those eligible to retire who then choose not to? Should they be forced?

Posted by JPM1967

Could incentives be given to attract students at the outset who would be prepared to teach a specific subject in a particular LA for (say) 5-10 years? Such as golden handcuffs. That way, SEED could balance their intake, overcoming the surplus in the central belt versus the outlying regions.

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