Fast track into teaching recruits just 25 students in first year

TES | January 08, 2019

A new fast-track route into teaching that attracted huge media interest due to fears that Teach First would get a foothold in Scotland will train just 25 students in its first year.The aspiration was that the new route – which will take six months, running from December to June – would attract up to 50 new recruits into the profession in the parts of Scotland and subjects where teacher shortages have been particularly acute. The programme is working in rural areas such as Argyll and Bute and Aberdeenshire, concentrating on subjects such as maths, computing and home economics.However, the University of Dundee, which is running the course with the University of the Highlands and Islands, told Tes Scotland that the inaugural intake last month was just 25 students.A spokesman robustly defended the figure, saying that 50 had not been a target “but the upper limit of available places” and that if it had not been for the new model, “many of the students would have been unable to enter teaching via the conventional route”.He added: “As a result, 25 talented graduates with a desire to embark upon a career in teaching who might otherwise have been lost to the profession were able to take their place on this course.”

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