There has been a 21% rise in the number of newly-qualified teachers going straight into employment in Scotland since 2007.
In answer to a parliamentary question from Coatbridge and Chryston MSP Fulton MacGregor, the Deputy First Minister confirmed that the cohort of probationers gaining employment as soon as they qualify has risen from 66% in 2007 to 87% in 2016.
Outlining the Government’s vision for Scottish education earlier this week, Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney announced a £4.5m head teacher training programme as well as a partnership with the Hunter Foundation to create head teacher leadership academies.
Commenting, Fulton MacGregor MSP said:
“It’s not always easy to match newly-qualified teachers with their chosen school or local authority area so it’s great to see more than a 20% rise in the number of probationers getting jobs in Scottish schools as soon as they qualify.
“The SNP Government’s number one priority of increasing attainment can only be achieved with the support of a strong cohort of teachers and head teachers looking after our education system.
“For the sixth year in a row the SNP has increased student teacher intake targets while targeting specific subject areas where there are skills gaps.
“Last year’s Inspiring Teachers campaign helped drive a 19% increase in PGDE applications to Scottish universities compared to the previous year, and John Swinney’s Teaching Makes People campaign has committed £3m funding to train an extra 371 teachers over the next year. On top of that – the Scottish Funding Council will be funding 400 more secondary teacher training places teachers than last year.
“Our education system is fundamental to helping Scotland thrive in the future and our Deputy First Minister is working hard to ensure that the necessary change is happening to help tackle the attainment gap and drive achievement.”