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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20153: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to expand teacher training capacity following the reported over-subscription for STEM teacher training places in higher education institutions.

Answered by: John Swinney 4 December 2018

Each year, the Scottish Government conducts a national teacher workforce planning exercise in partnership with other educational stakeholders. This annual exercise determines the requirement for newly qualified teachers and provides guidance to the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) who are responsible for setting intake targets for initial teacher education (ITE) courses. This process takes into account intakes to ITE courses.

The teacher workforce planning exercise for 2019-20 commenced in Autumn 2018 with the aim of SFC agreeing student intake targets with universities by the end of February 2019.