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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-06837: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and (b) Initial Teacher Education students have not (i) been provided with teaching placements and (ii) received their full entitlement as part of their degrees by the Student Placement System in each of the last two years.

Answered by: John Swinney 17 February 2017

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) is responsible for the operation of the Student Placement System alongside local authorities and universities. I understand from the GTCS that in academic year 2015-16 all students studying courses of Initial Teacher Education were provided with teaching placements and received their full entitlement as part of their degree. I understand this has also been achieved for the current academic year.

While the Scottish Government has no active role in allocating students to placements in schools, we have requested that the GTCS, the Association of Directors of Education (ADES) and the universities jointly review the system and take action to help improve the process at a national level.