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National Learn to Teach 2019

West Lothian Council in partnership with University of Dundee are offering a part time programme to enable eligible Local Authority Employees to undertake a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Primary qualification.

31 January
Secondary Teachers retraining

This new route into teaching allows students to complete the qualification while remaining in employment. The programme is identical in content to the full time PGDE route, but is offered on a part time basis over 18 months, starting in August 2019.

The council supported the National Learn to Teach programme in 2017 with 8 council employees currently studying for their (PDGE). Once qualified they will be provided with a probationary teaching place in August 2019.

Information Evening

An information evening has been arranged for Thursday 14 February at 5:00pm in Conference Room 3 in West Lothian Civic Centre. There will be a presentation from Mary KnightAssociate Dean for Learning & Teaching, Dundee University who is coordinating this programme with local authorities. This will be followed by an opportunity for questions.

How does the National Learn to Teach Programme work?

Cluster Hubs will be set up across Scotland. Students will attend workshops in their Cluster Hub in addition to participating in introduction days, and summer school weeks in Dundee.

The programme consists of academic study and practical placements.           

Academic Study       

Workshops & Recall Days

Hosted in the Cluster Hub

across the 18 months these will be on Saturdays and three recall days (one Friday during each placement)

Introductory Week

Hosted in the University of Dundee

6 - 9 August 2019

On Campus Learning Days

Hosted in the University of Dundee

25 - 29 November 2019

2 - 4 April 2020

In addition to face to face sessions above, students will participate in a range of online learning materials, including online lectures.

Students will be asked to attend a number of hub workshops, these will take place on a Saturday in the Cluster Hub. Students should attend their hub venue. The dates for these hub workshops are: 07/9/19, 26/10/19, 14/12/19, 11/01/20, 07/03/20, 21/03/20, 27/06/20, 15/08/20, 05/09/20, 21/11/20 although may be subject to change in extenuating circumstances.

Professional Practice

Students will also undertake three placements in schools within their Local Authority to develop practical teaching skills.

PP1: Middle to Upper Stages (P.4-7)

20/1/20 to 28/2/20

PP2: Nursery/Early Years

20/4/20 to 29/5/20

PP3: Any stage (P.1-7)

14/9/20 to 13/11/20

All placements are 6 weeks long - some dates include school holidays.


Formative assessment and summative assessment are used throughout the course. There are two university-based assessed modules (both written assignments) and three professional practice modules. Professional Practice (Placement) is assessed with reference to the GTC Standard for Provisional Registration by university staff and school partners. Although this course is at graduate entry, there are components (University-based) which are assessed at SCQF Level 10 and Level 11.  Professional Practice is assessed only at SCQF Le The University of Dundee, in partnership with participating Local Authorities across Scotland, have developed a part time programme to enable eligible Local Authority Employees to undertake a PGDE Primary qualification.

This new route into teaching allows students to complete the qualification while remaining in employment.

Student Support

Throughout the programme students will be supported by the Programme Director and Programme Convener. They will also be supported by their placement tutor, their hub facilitator and lecturing staff.


The university and the Local Authority are committed to supporting the students and there is an agreement with the Local Authorities that students will be released from their substantive post to undertake a total of 18 weeks school placements. In the circumstances, where a student fails a placement, their Local Authority will support the opportunity to retake the placement.

The students must be in a position to commit to the programme. This involves attending and participating fully in all workshops and online learning. 100% attendance is expected except in extenuating circumstances, and attendance should not fall below 80%.

Where attendance on placement falls below 80% a repeat placement will be necessary.


Applications are invited from suitable applicants.

Suitable applicants must be employees of the participating Local Authorities, must have approval from the Local Authority and must hold the relevant qualifications for entry.

For details of entry requirements please visit Dundee University Primary Education course details and open the tab 'Entry Requirements'.

Applications must be approved by your Line Manager and your Local Authority.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS - 29/3/19. Applications must be submitted to Local Authority by this date. 

Interviews are yet to be confirmed but likely to take place between 24 - 31 May 2019.

If you have any further questions regarding the programme please contact:

Jill Shimi
Programme Lead
01382 381482
Mary Knight
Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching
01382 381414

More information on the course is available via the University of Dundee website.

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