Teach First prospect sparks debate in Scotland

The prospect of fast-tracked Teach First graduates being used to tackle recruitment problems has stirred debate across Scottish education. Sam Phipps explains

The prospect of Scotland tackling its recruitment crisis with the help of fast track graduates from the Teach First programme seems to have been welcomed by few outside the Scottish Conservatives.

Teaching unions and other opposition parties have all voiced their objections to the idea, which came to light after it emerged that first minister Nicola Sturgeon met directors of the charity last year to discuss how they might bring their programme north of the border.

The Scottish government’s refusal to disclose the extent of lobbying by Prince Charles, a patron of Teach First, has added to the controversy. So has the revelation that Teach First asked Holyrood to delay the implementation of a pilot by one year so that it would be able to tailor a more suitable scheme if and when it wins a government tender.

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