Course to boost teacher train­ing

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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