£1 million for new routes into teaching

Plans to create new routes into teaching have been put forward by the Scottish Council of Deans of Education and are to be backed by over £1 million from the Scottish Government Attainment Scotland Fund.

The plans, which will bring more than 200 new teachers into the profession, are aimed at helping tackle teacher recruitment challenges being experienced in some subjects in certain parts of the country.

Priority is being placed on moves to get new teachers into the classroom more quickly for priority Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney revealed the plans on a visit to the University of Dundee where he said:

“Teachers are the bedrock of Scotland’s education system and I want to ensure we do everything we can to attract talented graduates to a career in teaching. The quality of teaching is key to helping pupils achieve and to our aspiration of closing the attainment gap.

“This is exactly the sort of collaborative approach we need if we are to realise our ambition of achieve excellence and equity in Scottish education, and I am pleased to support it with £1 million from our Attainment Scotland Fund.”

Ken Muir, Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council Scotland, said:

“Flexibility is crucial when trying to attract new people into the teaching profession and to address the issue of teacher shortages. GTC Scotland is at the forefront in promoting a wide range of new and innovative routes into teaching for those wishing to join the profession in Scotland.

“It is important that these routes have been developed by the ITE Universities with partnership working in mind and GTCS stands ready to fast-track their accreditation as part of our work to enhance teacher professionalism that will benefit children and young people across the country.”

The proposals include:

  • Moves to get new teachers into the classroom more quickly for priority Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects
  • Targeted help for former teachers looking to return
  • The development of teachers able to work in both primary and secondary
  • Fast track routes combining post-graduate education with the probation year
  • Offering more joint degrees in teaching and specialist subjects such as chemistry


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