New funding for hundreds more teacher training places in campaign to tackle school staff shortages

Scotland's education secretary announces that more than £3 million will be available for extra teacher training as he visits Aberdeen – one of the areas worst hit by recruitment problems.


The number of teacher training places being funded by the Scottish government in 2017-18 is set to be the highest in a decade, in a bid to ease the teacher recruitment problems plaguing councils.


Education secretary John Swinney (pictured, centre) announced this morning at the Aberdeen Learning Festival that more than £3 million is being made available to train an extra 371 teachers in the next academic year.


This will bring the total intake of student teachers in 2017-18 to 3,861 – representing the sixth consecutive annual increase and the largest cohort since 2007-08, when the figure was 3,800.


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