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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14226: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to identify and resolve any specific challenges in teacher recruitment in the Dundee City Council area should the local authority be unsuccessful in reducing the number of re-advertised vacancies.

Answered by: John Swinney 13 February 2018

The Scottish Government is taking a number of actions to increase teacher recruitment. These include: committing £88m this year to make sure every school has access to the right number of teachers with the right skills; providing support to universities in developing new innovative routes into teaching; announcing STEM bursaries of £20,000 for career changers to train to become teachers of priority STEM subjects for courses starting in August 2018; and the launch of the second phase of our "Teaching Makes People" recruitment campaign in August 2017.

The University of Dundee has a Learn to Teach primary education programme which allows qualified local authority employees to train as primary teachers and we are supporting the University's Supported Induction Route which allows STEM graduates to combine post-graduate teacher education with probation.