University welcomes Education Secretary as additional teacher training places are announced

A boost in teacher training places was announced by the Education Secretary Michael Russell at the University of Aberdeen.

An extra 370 places for student teachers will be available at Scottish universities for 2013/14.

The places, which bring the total number available to 2770, are for primary teaching. Numbers for secondary teaching will be maintained at current levels.

The University of Aberdeen is one of eight training providers in Scotland that will benefit from the additional places.

Mr Russell made the announcement on a visit to the School of Education on Friday (February 1) where he spoke to students on the BEd (Honours) Primary Education course taking part in creativity workshops.

He was shown work underway in an art and design class led by Alan Paterson and in a drama workshop led by Jackie Stewart.

Professor Do Coyle, Head of the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Cabinet Secretary for this short visit to our School of Education, where he was able to meet staff and student teachers engaged in creative programmes of art and design, and music and drama, as they prepare to inspire and develop the next generation of young Scots.

“We at Aberdeen are proud of our strong tradition and track record in preparing new teachers for the challenges of their important role, and providing continuing professional development for practising teachers and related professionals. This includes innovative new programmes focused on meeting the needs of all our young people, and the findings from projects pioneered here are having a major impact on the development of many aspects of teachers’ professional learning across Scotland and beyond.”

Mr Russell said: “I want every person who commits to teaching our children and young people to have job opportunities at the end of their study. 

“Universities across Scotland will offer places and I know our councils will continue to meet their commitment to maintaining teacher numbers in line with pupil numbers. We will continue to do all we can to support our teacher workforce and ensure their talent and skills are given their rightful place - in classrooms across Scotland.