Bòrd na Gàidhlig has launched its annual funding scheme to support Gaelic-teaching students.
Students studying on Gaelic Teacher Education courses are eligible to apply for funding towards their studies through the scheme.
Grants, depending on course and year of study, are available with additional funding offered to those changing career to Gaelic teaching. Support is available toward course fees should an applicant not be eligible for support from SAAS.
Launching the scheme, the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, Alasdair Allan said: “The Scottish Government is committed to growing the number of speakers and this important scheme to help grow the number of teachers is integral to this. We would encourage anyone with Gaelic who is interested in teaching to apply for this support.”
During the past four years over 70 people, who are now teaching through the medium of Gaelic or are about to embark on a career in Gaelic teaching, have received support towards their Gaelic Initial Teacher Education Courses through this scheme.
Coinneach Combe, who has just completed a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in Computing Science with a view to teach his subject through the medium of Gaelic said : “I really enjoy teaching and was pleased to get the opportunity to transfer to full-time teaching. As someone who was changing career, the Education Grants Scheme really helped me as it meant I didn’t have to worry about money whilst being a student.”
Lisa Corse, a parent from the Isle of Skye who completed the distance learning PGDE in Primary Education through the University of Aberdeen echoed Mr Combe’s thoughts:
“I am very grateful for the support I received from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the opportunity I got to undertake a teaching qualification. I am a single parent to three children and the funding I received from Bòrd na Gàidhlig allowed me to work part-time and study part-time.”
Head of Education and Learning Mary MacMillan said “Bòrd na Gàidhlig is delighted to be launching this scheme again. Now in its fifth year, we see it as an important part of our work in encouraging and supporting students wishing to embark on a career in Gaelic Teaching.”
Bòrd na Gàidhlig is also currently redeveloping its teacher recruitment campaign with a new website and a range of advertising which will be launched later in the summer. The campaign aims to encourages people to consider teaching at all levels but there will also be a particular focus on a career in Gaelic-medium secondary teaching.
Guidelines and an application form are available from www.teagasg.com , www.gaidhlig.org.uk, by contacting the Gaelic Teacher Recruitment Officer.