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Teaching applications drop 4% in Scotland
Monday, 09 March 2009
Scotland is bucking the trend for the number of applications to become teachers, new figure show.
Figures from the Graduate Teacher Training Registry reveal a four per cent drop in applicants wanting a teaching job this year.
This is despite England seeing a 14 per cent rise and applications going up 11 per cent in Wales as the economic crisis draws more people towards the stable and traditional career.
But it comes at a time when more teaching jobs are being created north of the border for roles in primary and secondary schools, Scotland on Sunday reports.
Application figures were worse in the primary sector, which saw a 6.5 per cent drop in the number of applicants, with female applications dropping eight per cent over the year.
Commenting on the figures, general-secretary Ronnie Smith said: "There has been a great deal of negative publicity about the employment prospects for newly-qualified teachers. There is a growing perception that training to be a teacher isn't likely to be very fruitful.
"Local authorities need to change their direction of travel on budgets and start re employing teachers, because they are going to need them."
With the number of graduate jobs in the UK falling this year, those leaving university and considering a job in teaching might want to consider going north of the border.