Swinney ‘disappointed’ as teacher stats fail to add up
MORE than half of the target number of training places for maths teachers are empty, figures show. There are 1126 people in Scotland studying to become secondary school teachers – 70 per cent of the overall intake target set by the Scottish Funding Council for 2017-18. But despite the body’s goal of recruiting 237 student maths teachers, this year’s figures show there are only 112 in place.
New routes into teaching boosted the overall number of student teachers by 204, provisional data showed – but the number is still below the 4058 set by the SFC.
Education Secretary John Swinney said: “It is disappointing the targets set for some secondary subjects have not been met.”