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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12973: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-12808 by John Swinney on 23 November 2017, what specific support has been provided to universities in developing new innovative routes into teaching and with whom it consulted in the development of this.

Answered by: John Swinney 4 December 2017

The Scottish Government is supporting 11 new routes into teaching at a cost of over £3 million in 2017-18 to cover programme development, marketing and student fees. These new routes are designed to encourage people from a range of backgrounds to consider teaching as a profession. By the end of January 2018, it is expected that around 280 students will be studying on one of the new routes.

The Scottish Government worked with the Scottish Council of Deans of Education (SCDE) and the General Teaching Council for Scotland in the development of these new routes. The SCDE represent all universities in Scotland offering initial teacher education. They have wide and varied experience in teacher education and are highly respected in this discipline. We also consulted the Strategic Board for Teacher Education that includes the Association of Deputes and Headteachers in Scotland, the Educational Institute of Scotland and School Leaders Scotland among other key stakeholders.