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Additional 300 teaching places announced

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by sos1, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. Did I hear right? on BBC scottish news tonight Jackie Bird stated that there would be an additional 300 places for teacher training because the numbers claiming benefit had decreased!
    What about all of the people who are unable to claim benefits as they are on supply lists and looking for work.
    This beggars belief...after retraining, 5 years of trying to exist in this system doing supply, short term, long term, 100 applications, living away from home for over a year, a dozen interviews... 2 contracts and now reduced pay....I am longing to get a job outside teaching...I can't stand any more of this farce....what a waste of time, self esteem and a killer on career.
    Shame on you SNP
  2. Agree - shame on the SNP...
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    If it's true it's hard to take in the monumental stupidity of whoever made the decision! It's a real slap on the face for all those supply teachers who are unable to secure work and downright cruelty to those who take up the additional places in the mistaken belief that they're needed!
    Politicians make me sick.
  4. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

  5. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    • Teachers employed in local authority schools: 51,286
    • Teachers aged 50 and over in primary: 34%
    • Teachers aged 50 and over in secondary: 37%
    Am I correct in thinking these statistics (and the other spin doctored stats mentioned in the article, are pretty meaningless. Surely we need to know the percentages of teachers over the age of 58 (or thereabouts) in Primary and in Secondary? Keep thinking of the folks who are still waiting for a half decent retirement package, and in a few cases, not being 'allowed' to retire yet (because they would need to be replaced), although they are desperate to get out and have really had enough.
    I better go. I can feel a bout of tourettes coming on.
  6. sbf

    sbf New commenter

    The only fools are the ones who go onto the training courses with the expectaion that there will be a job at the end of it.
  7. AGREE.

    Can't claim benefit, don't have a decent job. I keep applying.
    However, I DON'T think there are currently too many teachers - just too few posts for us to fill. Instead of paying for 300 more student teachers in training, lets use that money to put (some) teachers into work for the benefit of our children.
  8. I do support the SNP as well, but can they please stop mucking about with education...let's employ more teachers in the classroom on real wages. Simple enough methinks.

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