Swinney promises funding rise for teacher training places
The increase at Scotland’s teacher training universities will bring the total intake in 2017/18 to 3,861, a rise for the sixth consecutive year.
It comes a week after the launch of the Scottish Government’s new teacher recruitment campaign which focuses on attracting teachers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
The announcement follows the revelation in October that more than 800 teachers have been lost from the key science and technology subjects in Scotland’s schools over the past nine years.
Overall teacher numbers rose by 253 in 2016 – despite a dip in 12 out of 32 council areas. Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “To give all our young people the best opportunity of success, we need to have the right number of skilled teachers in our schools.
“That is why we worked with local authorities to increase teacher numbers this year, with an additional 253 teachers in Scottish classrooms, and are upping student places for the sixth consecutive year.”