Initial Teacher Education (ITE) is provided by eight universities across Scotland. For more information about training to become a teacher see Interested in becoming a teacher?
Teaching Scotland's Future (published in January 2011) made a number of recommendations about increasing the quality of teacher education in Scotland at all stages from Initial Teacher Education through Induction and Career-Long Professional Learning to Leadership and Headship. The implementation of these is currently being overseen by the National Implementation Board.
Student Placement Scheme
A crucial element of each ITE course is the series of school placements that every student must undertake. A web-based student placement system, known as Practicum, has been in use since 2006 to ensure that all student teachers are placed appropriately such that they get high quality teaching experience and support in schools across Scotland. Practicum is now operated by the General Teaching Council for Scotland who are currently developing a new, enhanced student placement system which is due to come on stream in May 2014.
Teacher Induction Scheme
The Teacher Induction Scheme is a national induction programme for newly qualified, Scottish trained teachers 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.
More information is available on the GTCS website.