Trainee teachers graduate ‘without skills to teach P7 maths’

Trainee primary teachers are graduating without sufficient skills to teach maths to P7 pupils, MSPs have been told.


The time devoted to the basics of literacy and numeracy on teacher training courses was among a raft of concerns outlined by trainee teachers at Holyrood’s Education Committee.


The committee was taking evidence from the trainees as part of its inquiry into workforce planning in schools.


One student teacher said only one week of his university course had been given over to literacy while another described a lack of focus on ensuring teachers have the skills to teach numeracy.


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