There’s a report on this by the Scottish Government but it will be full of uncritical complacency about the damaging effects of Indyref2 on teacher recruitment so I’m going to use this more reliable BBC Scotland website report.
Scottish teacher training numbers increase
Nice, accurate, restrained and professional just like Reporting Scotland will be later today but wait, what is this?
About 85% of the places available in secondary teacher training this year were taken up compared with 70% in 2017
The number of people in teacher training in Scotland has gone up for the third year running, according to new figures.
There are nearly 4,000 new student teachers in Scotland this year.
The Scottish government also said the number of vacancies being advertised for more than three months had fallen sharply.
The latest Scottish government figures show the number of posts in secondary schools advertised for more than three months fell from 229 last year to 148 this year.
Despite the drop, that figure is still significantly higher than in 2016, when only 75 posts remained unfilled for more than three months.
The number of pre-school and primary vacancies advertised for three months dropped from 136 to 49
The number of pre-school and primary vacancies advertised for more than three months also dropped – from 136 last year to 49 this year. Again, the figure was still higher than the 33 recorded in 2016.
The Scottish government statistics also show:
- Student teacher intake increased for three years in a row, reaching 3,902 in 2018 compared to 3,376 in 2015-16
- Growth in teacher numbers across all STEM subjects (Science, Technical, Engineering and Mathematics)
- Student primary teacher intake rose to 2,082 and exceeded targets for 2018
- 1,494 student teachers will start at secondary level, up from 1,226 in 2017
This won’t do at all! Where’s that Herald piece on depression and anxiety amongst teachers? It’s not reliable? WGAF! Get me it now.