Course to boost teacher training
A new teacher training programme aimed at filling staff shortages in rural areas has received official accreditation from the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
The course covers the two-year postgraduate diploma of education (PDGE) and teacher induction in 18 months by reducing holidays.
It aims to recruit teachers in chemistry, computing, home economics, mathematics and physics and targets graduates with a 2:1 honours degree or above.
The course was developed by the universities of Dundee and the Highlands and Islands. They will work with four rural local authorities – Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute, Highland and Scottish Borders – to enable trainee teachers to learn in their own local area with financial support from their council.