College Students to Be Used to 'Solve' Teaching Crisis in Scotland's Schools

By Ross, Shân | The Scotsman, March 17, 2018 | Go to article overview

College Students to Be Used to 'Solve' Teaching Crisis in Scotland's Schools


Ross, Shân, The Scotsman


Scottish Universities are to target college students to tackle Scotland's teacher shortage crisis. The University of Strathclyde's school of education is taking the lead in proposals to market teacher education degrees to Higher National Diploma (HND) students studying a range of subjects from mechanical engineering to fashion design.

The university wants to recruit them on to the third year of education degrees. After two years at university HND students who have, for example, studied mechanical engineering could become physics teachers, while fashion designers could teach home economics.

This year almost a third (30 per cent) of places on secondary PGDE (post graduate diploma in education) courses went unfilled north of the Border.

The only subjects to reach their target for teachers of the future were history, modern studies, psychology and physical education.

Stem subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) graduates are particularly in demand as schools struggle to fill posts in these subjects.

Professor Ian Rivers of the university's school of education, said his staff have been mapping the content of HND courses since last November and hopes the new initiative will start next year and says it has the support of other universities.

"They really liked the idea because it means we can work in partnership with the college sector to develop a group of teachers that come from very different backgrounds than perhaps our teachers have traditionally come from.

"There are more colleges than there are universities and some of them are bigger than universities. That's a market that has never been looked at before- it's a group of students that has never been considered before.

Professor Rivers, whose school of education trains around 30 per cent of Scottish teachers, added: "We are committed to trying to meet the numbers the Scottish Government want but we can't do it through the old methods.

"We have to have new and innovative approaches but also make sure we maintain the standards.

"If this works we are talking about significantly larger numbers- I would expect to hit target."

Shona Struthers, Colleges Scotland chief executive, said the proposed new course could offer a career path not usually considered by HND students.

"Given the focus on Stem courses in colleges, coupled with the acute shortage of teachers in these subjects, this proposal could provide a useful solution," she said. …

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