As part of our daily work, Bòrd na Gàidhlig co-ordinates the National Gaelic Education Strategy Steering Group. Through the group, Bòrd na Gàidhlig is working with Local Authorities, Universities and Partner Organisations all of which have a role in the development and delivery of Gaelic Education, on producing a strategy for Gaelic Education. This is a continuous process and as part of this process, short-term working groups have been formed to develop strategies on specific areas of Gaelic Education.
At the end of 2013, the Gaelic-medium Teacher Education Working Group submitted the Gaelic Teacher Education Strategy to the National Gaelic Education Strategy Steering Group, who approved it. In developing a strategy, the Working Group engaged with key national policies and recommendations and with existing frameworks for Gaelic educational developments, including The National Gaelic Language Plan 2012-17; Gaelic Language Plans; the Scheme of Specific Grants for Gaelic; 1+2 Languages Strategy, the Donaldson Report on Teacher Education; Teaching Scotland’s Future – National Partnership Group (NPG): Report to Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning; the HMIe report Gaelic Education: Building on the successes, addressing the barriers.
The strategy sets out a number of aims for the delivery and development of Gaelic Teacher Education in Scotland. It is divided into three sections with specific priorities and outcomes for each section:
- Promotion and Recruitment
- Integrated Early Career
- Career-Long Professional Learning (CLPL) and Retention of Teachers
In each section, the outcomes, actions and a lead organisation to take forward the recommendations have been identified. The Gaelic-medium Teacher Education Working Group will monitor and review progress outlined in the strategy. The designated Gaelic Teacher Recruitment Officer at Bòrd na Gàidhlig will co-ordinate the implementation of the strategy. The National Gaelic Education Strategy Steering Group will have overall responsibility in ensuring its implementation.
Download the Gaelic Teacher Education Strategy.
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