Hundreds of places on teacher training courses unfilled

Hundreds of places on teacher training courses are unfilled, BBC Scotland has learned.

 

The BBC understands a quarter of places on postgraduate courses for people who want to be secondary teachers have not been taken up.

 

Similar difficulties have been experienced for a number of years.

 

Teaching union the EIS said the figures were a wake-up call to the government to make sure teaching is an attractive career option.

 

The Scottish government recently launched a fresh advertising campaign to encourage graduates to train as teachers.

 

The number of places on postgraduate courses for secondary teachers is agreed between the universities and the body which pays for the places - the Scottish Funding Council. It is set at a particular level to try to anticipate the likely demand for new teachers.

 

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