Date lodged: 11 July 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills on 15 June 2017 (Official Report, c. 46), what action it plans to take to ensure that initial teacher training prepares students to enter the teaching profession with well-developed skills.
Answered by: John Swinney 31 July 2017
The Scottish Government publication, Education Governance: Next Steps, said we will take steps to ensure initial teacher education (ITE) prepares students to enter the profession with consistently well-developed skills to teach key areas such as literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.
For the first stage in this process, I recently met with the Scottish Council of Deans of Education and the General Teaching Council for Scotland, and this work will be progressed in the coming months.
All programmes of ITE are accredited and approved by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). The GTCS will only grant accreditation if they are satisfied that the content of courses is appropriate for a student teacher to be able to meet the requirements of the Standard for Provisional Registration (SPR). The SPR includes a requirement to know and understand the methods and underlying theories for effective teaching of literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing; and select the most appropriate methods to meet all learners' needs.