Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Boom and bust teacher training continues

Well teacher shortages are not going to do much for bridging the attainment gap:

"TEACHER shortages have forced their watchdog to relax the rules on joining the profession."

"Classroom staff who have qualified outside the country will now be allowed to work in a school immediately under a new conditional registration."

"People who secure a job in this way will be put on probation while they complete any additional studies or training required for full registration, a legal requirement." [Will there be criminal record checks ?]

Let`s see how this happened:

"The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) announced the number of places will fall by 40 per cent, from 3,857 in 2009-10 to 2,307 in 2010-11."

"Trainee primary teaching numbers will fall by more than half, bearing the brunt of the cuts, despite an SNP promise to cut class sizes in primary schools."

"The announcement prompted an angry reaction from student leaders who called for an end to a `boom and bust method` to teacher training. "

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