Date lodged: 25 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to increase the number of computer science teachers.
Answered by: John Swinney 6 December 2016
We have increased student teacher intake targets for the fifth year in a row and are setting targets to train teachers in the subjects where they are needed most.
We delivered a successful #inspiringteachers campaign focusing on STEM subjects which has resulted in 41 students studying Computing initial teacher education courses in 2016, compared to 20 students in 2015 which is an improvement of 105%. We will be running a further teacher recruitment campaign, which includes a focus on the STEM subjects, in the coming months.
On 30 November we announced that eleven new routes into teaching will be developed by Scottish universities to help address recruitment difficulties in the hard to fill subjects. Included in these new routes, the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde will be offering an accelerated route for STEM graduates. It is expected that the new routes will be ready for student intake in August 2017.