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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00199: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the number of people that choose teaching as a career.

Answered by: John Swinney 28 September 2016

In addition we are working with the university sector and the General Teaching Council for Scotland to introduce new and innovative routes into teaching, including distance learning routes, that are designed to be attractive to a wide range of potential student teachers. Throughout we will ensure that Scotland’s high level of teacher professional standards is maintained while enabling suitably qualified individuals to make a positive contribution in our schools.

The Scottish Government is taking a series of actions to increase the number of people that choose teaching as a career. These include building on the success of our 'Inspiring Teachers' campaign with a more substantial recruitment campaign to be launched by the end of the year.