We are working with the University of Dundee and the University of the Highlands and Islands to support locally based people interested in a career move into secondary teaching in the subjects of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Home Economics and Computing Studies to gain both their Professional Graduate Diploma in Education and complete their induction year within 18 months. This partnership is a unique blend and offers a real opportunity to work with locally based people aspiring to be teachers who want to use their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) knowledge and skills to encourage and inspire the young people in our school communities in the above secondary subject areas – which are also highly relevant to the future economic sustainability of our area.

This new way to become a secondary teacher has now been accredited by the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS) and is funded by the Scottish Government with participants receiving financial support over the 18 months of study. This financial support is equivalent to a probationer teacher’s annual salary paid monthly pro-rata over the 18 months of the Programme.

This Programme will run for 18 months normally from December-June.  The first cohort starts in December 2018 due to complete their PGDE in June 2020.  It is anticipated that a second cohort will be recruited during 2019 for a December 2019 start