Date lodged: 10 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how trainee teachers are taught about dealing with dyslexia.
Answered by: John Swinney 21 November 2017
All courses of Initial Teacher Education are accredited and approved by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) as the independent, regulatory body for the teaching profession. 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 demonstrate an awareness of barriers to learning, such as dyslexia, recognising when to seek further advice in relation to all learners' needs. The way in which this requirement is delivered is for each university to determine.