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Moray Council joins with UHI to offer secondary teacher training

Press Release   •   Jun 21, 2016 15:08 BST

Moray Council has developed a joint initiative with the University of the Highlands and Islands to create a training programme for secondary teachers in subjects where vacancies have proved hard to fill.

From August, the university’s Moray College campus in Elgin will be running one-year full-time teacher training courses in three subjects – physics  with science, technological education and home economics.

The professional graduate diploma in education (PGDE) is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

The courses are full-time with time spent within the university and in schools within Moray, both on placement and as part of the core programme, to provide a balance of theory and practical experiences.

Each course participant will be allocated a school subject mentor and will undertake 19 weeks of full-time school placement over the duration of the programme.

Applicants for the limited number of places must be resident in Moray and have a degree from a UK higher education institution or a degree of equivalent standard from outside the UK.

The degree content must satisfy the memorandum of entry requirements as set by the GTCS.

Applicants will also require to have gained SQA Higher English at Grade C or above (or equivalent) and SQA maths National 5 at Grade C or above (or equivalent).

The courses also have an online element and applicants will require to have competent ICT skills.

Moray Council’s director of education and social care, Laurence Findlay, said: “The aim of the programme is to produce adaptable, flexible teachers able to collaborate and co-operate with other professionals, ready to face challenges of teaching in the 21st century and commit to the notion of lifelong learning.

“We are delighted that these three subject areas are the ones being trained locally as these are very often the ones we struggle to recruit in the secondary sector.”   

Further details and an application form are available from Samantha.Bright.Moray@uhi.ac.uk

The local authority contact at Moray Council is janet.cornall@moray.gov.uk


Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

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