Funding confirmed for university and council

Dumfries and Galloway Council and the University of Glasgow have been awarded £170,000 from the Scottish Government to employ specialist staff to improve teacher training and development in the region.

The funds will enable the council to employ specialist staff to support new teachers in schools, develop the partnership with the MA Primary Education at the university campus at the Crichton, and create posts to study best educational practice worldwide over the next year.

The University of Glasgow will use the funds to a develop specialist masters course for teachers, starting in January 2015. Post graduate work will focus on local needs, circumstances and challenges, providing an ‘open learning zone’ with online resources for teachers across the region, who might not be able to visit the campus.

Councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of the Education Committee, said: “I’m delighted that our region has secured this funding. It will enable us to enhance teacher training and development and share best practice with all of our schools. This is an exciting development for the university campus at the Crichton as it increases opportunities for post graduate study.”