Congratulations to the 15 pupils from Portree High School and Plockton High School who completed the Pathway to Teaching course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig this week. This is a new course, designed by Teacher Education lecturers at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, for secondary school pupils (S4 to S6) who are interested in teaching Gaelic and wanted to experience college-level courses and student life.
Shona Cormack, Course Director, said: “We desperately need teachers at all levels of Gaelic education – in nurseries, in primary schools, and teaching Gaelic and other subjects through the medium of Gaelic at high school level. This course gave the pupils the opportunity and encouragement to consider a teaching course in Gaelic when they leave school, to think about what this would involve in terms of qualifications and commitment, and the knowledge and skills they would need to do complete such a course.
They also had the opportunity to improve their language and communication skills, grow in confidence and, through staying on campus, get a taste of life as students. It was a real pleasure for us to work with such an eager, hard-working and engaging group of teenagers who were so willing to use Gaelic and extend their skills and knowledge. I am so proud of them all and I really hope that the course has encouraged them to consider a career in teaching Gaelic when they leave school.”
Our thanks to Bòrd na Gàidhlig who funded the course. We very much hope that we will have the opportunity to run the course again next year and that we will be able to welcome pupils from across the country with an interest in Gaelic teaching.