Char­ity axes fast-track bid

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

A CHAR­ITY has dropped a bid to bring a fast-track teacher train­ing scheme to Scot­land.

Teach First said it has with­drawn its ap­pli­ca­tion fol­low­ing meet­ings with Ni­cola Stur­geon and John Swin­ney.

The char­ity was un­able to find a univer­sity part­ner to work with – as de­manded by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment – amid fears from in­sti­tu­tions that its scheme could hit class­room stan­dards.

James West­head, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Teach First, said: ‘Whilst we be­lieve we could help make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to clos­ing the at­tain­ment gap, we have de­cided not to bid for the cur­rent ten­der.’

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