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Teacher Training Places in the Highlands and Western Isles Written Answer, 19/02/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Rhoda Grant's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government, further to its news release of 2 January 2015 regarding 250 additional teacher training places for 2015-16, what further action it is taking to create more teacher training places at colleges in (a) the Highlands, (b) the Western Isles, (c) the Northern Isles and (d) Moray.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance replied, that the Scottish Government has recommended that initial teacher education (ITE) student intake targets for 2015-16 should be increased by 150 in the primary sector and by 100 in the secondary sector.
The Scottish Government’s advice to the Scottish Funding Council recommends that, from the planned additional ITE places in 2015-16, target intakes for the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Primary course at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) should be increased from 40 to 60. On the strength of this recommendation, UHI are planning to train teachers in each of the following six UHI colleges in 2015-16: Argyll, Inverness, Lews Castle, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

It is also recommended that the remaining increase in the primary sector should be distributed between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee and the West of Scotland.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 19 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 19 February 2015