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Indiscipline review promised
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Teaching recruits will be given improved advice
A review of teacher training in Scotland is to look at how to help new recruits deal with classroom indiscipline.

Education Minister Peter Peacock said he would be happy to consider proposals for "radical change" if that is what is needed.

The process, which is in its second stage, will also consider how to get more mature students into teaching.

The education minister said he wants to ensure new teachers are better prepared for life in schools and classrooms across Scotland.

The review will focus on three areas:

  • to bring more mature students into teaching

  • to ensure new teachers deliver a relevant education for pupils

  • give teachers the necessary skills to deal with discipline issues and classroom management.

"A great deal of reform has taken place in the teaching profession during recent years but we must also concentrate on the crucial period of initial teacher education," said Mr Peacock.

"It is vital that by the time students complete their teacher training they feel adequately prepared and confident enough to embark on the next stage of their development - their probationer year.

"That includes ensuring that they are equipped to deal with discipline issues and classroom management, as well as general teaching."

Matthew MacIver, chief executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland, welcomed moves to examine new ways of initial teacher education.

'Serious questions'

"We now have to ask quite serious questions about what teachers should actually be doing at certain stages in their career," said Mr MacIver.

"We must look at a continuum of professional development from initial teacher education, through the probationary period and then throughout the whole of a teacher¿s career."

The teacher training review was promised as part of the McCrone deal on pay and conditions.

The first phase, which took place two years ago, looked at relations between local councils and teacher training colleges.

It also examined student placements in schools.

Martha Fairlie reports
"Many teachers say the review is long overdue"

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