Launch of groundbreaking Gaelic teacher training course

Dr Alasdair Allan was the keynote speaker.
Dr Alasdair Allan was the keynote speaker.

It was an historic day for Lews Castle College UHI last week with the launch of a groundbreaking secondary Gaelic teacher training course.

The launch of the new Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) secondary Gaelic teaching course delivered by the college is a significant moment for the college and is a result of joint working by various agencies.

The course was formally launched by Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages at an event in Stornoway Town Hall on Friday.

The course is transformational as it provides a bridge between Gaelic Medium Primary Education and Gaelic University and 
College courses.

Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, said:

“I am very pleased to be part of this launch. We are all aware of the need to support and strengthen Gaelic medium education in Scottish secondary schools and I would like to commend the Comhairle, UHI and the Nicolson Institute for the good example of partnership working that has made this course possible. I would like to wish the partners every success with this course.”

Mr Iain Macmillan, Principal of Lews Castle College said: “This is a very important day for us as we launch the PGDE (Secondary) programme. We know there is a challenge in recruiting and finding teachers who can teach at secondary level through the medium of Gaelic. It is wonderful that we have been able to work in partnership together. We at Lews Castle College have been leading on the project working very closely with our colleagues in The Nicolson Institute, with support from the Scottish Government, from CnEs, the University and other Gaelic agencies.”