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Teacher Education

Initial Teacher Education is provided by eight universities across Scotland and there are two routes to becoming a primary or secondary teacher in Scotland; a four-year undergraduate programme or a one-year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme in either primary or secondary teaching.

The Teach in Scotland website provides information on how to become a teacher.

The report “Initial Teacher Education – Content Analysis” is a quantitative look at the number of hours dedicated to key areas within Initial Teacher Education programmes.

Teacher Induction Scheme

The Teacher Induction Scheme is a national induction programme for newly qualified, Scottish trained teachers and which has gained international acclaim. It guarantees the offer of a one-year teaching post in a Scottish local authority, with teachers being allocated to one of five local authorities of their choosing. Teachers on the programme have a maximum class commitment time equal to 82% to that of a full-time teacher, allowing additional time to be devoted to their professional development. All have access to the services of an experienced teacher as a mentor.

By the end of their one-year induction, teachers should be ready to gain full registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Strategic Board for Teacher Education

The key role of the Strategic Board for Teacher Education is to oversee and evaluate new and on-going reform to teacher education since the publication of Teaching Scotland’s Future. The Board will act as a centre-point for national discussion related to the standards in teaching and teacher education.