Scotland - Nine LAs scrap language training

23rd April 2010 at 01:00

Modern languages courses for primary teachers in Scotland have been scrapped in at least nine local authorities (LAs), according to the Liberal Democrats.

Hugh O'Donnell, Lib Dem spokesman for education and young people, said the availability of training had to improve if Scotland's young people were to be "globally aware and competitive".

His criticisms reflect warnings from the group of 13 east of Scotland authorities, presented to the European Commission, that languages training for primary teachers is inadequate.

Between 1993 and 2001, all authorities provided modern languages courses for primary teachers lasting 27 days. In recent years, a number of authorities which still provide training have restricted courses to 12 days. That represents a drop in training time from 160 hours to 40. hh.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now