Career-change bursaries offered to boost teacher numbers

The Scottish authorities is to supply £20,000 bursaries to folks to vary profession to turn out to be lecturers in key topic areas.

Ministers are in search of methods to spice up recruitment of lecturers in science, expertise, engineering and maths.

Schooling Secretary John Swinney made the announcement in his speech to the SNP convention in Glasgow.

He stated it was essential to “attain past latest graduates” to draw professionals into educating.

A number of Scottish councils have warned that they’re finding it hard to recruit new teachers in science, expertise, engineering and maths, the so-called Stem topics.

Mr Swinney stated these topics had been “essential not simply to the training of our kids however the way forward for our financial system”.

And he stated it was essential to look past the standard routes into the career, to get folks with related levels into instructor coaching programs.

The deputy first minister stated: “We have to recruit extra lecturers in these topics. And to do this, we have to attain past latest graduates and entice individuals who have the suitable topic diploma however are working in enterprise or trade.

“These ‘career-changers’ nonetheless must undergo preliminary instructor training earlier than they will turn out to be lecturers – we’ll by no means compromise on high quality – however we will make it simpler for them to make that profession change.

“And since we perceive that they should stability household and monetary tasks that new graduates might not face, we perceive that the prospect of giving up a wage for a 12 months whereas they do their instructor coaching is an actual barrier for them.”

‘Agency foundations’

Scottish Conservative chief Ruth Davidson tweeted that she “thought that put up graduate educating bursary concept was a very good one – after we wrote it”.

She highlighted her celebration’s manifesto from the 2016 Holyrood election, which referred to as for “supporting the very best high-achieving graduates who’re into stepping into educating, particularly in Stem topics, by introducing a postgraduate educating bursary”.

Nevertheless, Scottish Labour’s training spokesman Iain Grey claimed the coverage was put ahead by his celebration.

He stated: “Hardly a day goes by now with out the SNP U-turning and giving into Labour calls for.

“Scotland’s faculties are blighted with a educating scarcity, with four,000 fewer lecturers because the SNP got here to energy, and pressing motion is required.

“We welcome John Swinney adopting one of many insurance policies from our 10-point plan for Scotlands faculties, and sit up for him seeing the sense of the opposite 9 too.”

Elsewhere in his speech, Mr Swinney stated the SNP authorities was “pushed by a willpower to lift attainment for all and shut the poverty-related attainment hole in training”.

He insisted the federal government was “constructing on agency foundations” saying that whereas there have been “challenges – not least round literacy and numeracy”, Scotland has “a essentially robust training system”.

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