Swin­ney ‘dis­ap­pointed’ as teacher stats fail to add up

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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.”

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