About 85% of the places available in secondary teacher training this year were taken up compared with 70% in 2017. The number of people in teacher training in Scotland has gone up for the third year running, according to new figures. There are nearly 4,000 new student teachers in Scotland this year. The Scottish government also said the number of vacancies being advertised for more than three months had fallen sharply. The latest Scottish government figures show the number of posts in secondary schools advertised for more than three months fell from 229 last year to 148 this year. Despite the drop, that figure is still significantly higher than in 2016, when only 75 posts remained unfilled for more than three months. The number of pre-school and primary vacancies advertised for three months dropped from 136 to 49 The number of pre-school and primary vacancies advertised for more than three months also dropped – from 136 last year to 49 this year. Again, the figure was still higher than the 33 recorded in 2016.