Council staff back in the classroom

Sheena Welsh (centre) was pictured with the Angus Council staff who will soon train to be teachers.

Sheena Welsh (centre) was pictured with the Angus Council staff who will soon train to be teachers.

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A group of Angus Council employees have gone back to school with the aim of becoming teachers in the future.

A total of 10 staff have been given the opportunity to train as primary school teachers while continuing in their current roles with the Local Authority.

This represents a modern approach for the council to help their employees to learn new skills and gain qualifications that can develop their careers and themselves as individuals.

Operating in partnership with the universities of Aberdeen and Dundee, the distance learning Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education, has just started and will run over an 18 month period.

The launch of Aberdeen University’s ‘D’Lite’ programme and the University of Dundee’s ‘Learn to Teach’ course took place on Saturday, February 20, at the Burgh Library in Monifieth.

Councillor Sheena Welsh, Convenor of Angus Council’s Children and Learning Committee, welcomed the aspiring teachers to each of the programmes.

She said: “This is an innovative pathway to becoming a primary school teacher in Angus. We are fully committed to helping our employees to grow and learn and to develop flexible pathways into teaching.

“This will be a challenging route for each of the successful candidates. We look forward to providing them with all the support they need to successfully complete the programmes and begin a new career in teaching with us in Angus Council.”

The launch was also attended by Margo Williamson, Strategic Director, People and senior officers from the council’s schools and learning team, as well as a number of current primary head teachers who will act as mentors to the 10 aspiring teachers.