News RSS FeedCopyright (c) 2020 Activeditionen<![CDATA[New resource to help probationer teachers prepare]]>As we approach the summer break, GTC Scotland is aware that probationer teachers will be very busy making arrangements and planning for next session, whatever that may look like.

We are also aware that probationer teachers are probably experiencing a whole range of feelings and emotions from excitement and anticipation to perhaps a few nerves at times.

For this reason, GTC Scotland asked Dr Emma Hepburn, a clinical psychologist aka @thepsychologymum on Instagram, to create a resource that would support all of our new probationers over the summer.

Preparing for your probation - Dr Emma Hepburn

<![CDATA[Education staff encouraged to share views on what additional support they require]]>A new workforce support group created in response to Covid-19 is surveying Scotland’s education and early learning and childcare workforce to find out what additional training and wellbeing support is needed.

The group is one of a number of workstreams formed by the Scottish Government and is focused on looking beyond the immediate impact to consider how national and local government can best work with key partners to support schools, and early learning and childcare services in moving forward.

Education Scotland Strategic Director Gillian Hamilton, who is a coordinator for the Workforce Support workstream, is keen to encourage education staff to take part in the survey to share their views on what additional training and wellbeing support is required.

She said: “We know this is an extremely challenging time for school leaders, teaching staff, support staff, and early years professionals and we want ensure that they have the skills, resilience and confidence to support their own wellbeing, support the wellbeing of staff and colleagues and support the wellbeing of children and young people in the new circumstances,

“Our first step has been to collate the support already provided by the organisations represented on the group. We would like all Scotland’s education workforce to let us know what additional professional learning and wellbeing support you would welcome as you continue to work to meet the needs of all children and young people in your care in these changed circumstances.

“We also want to let you know that we are here to support and listen to your feedback and this will ensure that education and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.”

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney added: “People working in schools and nurseries are facing the biggest challenge of their careers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are asking everyone working in education to tell us what support and training they need to do the best job they can in the coming weeks and months, as we move towards being able to safely resume."

The group will regularly monitor and review the responses received to ensure that the work we take forward in partnership meets the needs of those working in the system.

Other organisations who are members of the group include ADES (Association of Directors of Education in Scotland), AHDS (Association of Head Teachers and Deputes in Scotland) COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities), EIS (Educational Institute of Scotland), GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland), NPFS (National Parent Forum of Scotland), NASUWT (Teachers’ Union), SLS (School Leaders Scotland), SSTA (Scottish Secondary Teachers Association), Voice the Union for Education Professionals, SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council), SCDE (The Scottish Council of Deans of Education).

Further information

Covid-19 Education Recovery Group - Education Workforce Support Workstream - Professional Learning and Wellbeing Support

<![CDATA[Collaborative working is key to supporting teachers as schools re-open, says GTC Scotland]]>The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) is working collaboratively to help and support teachers, children and young people and other stakeholders to ensure a safe return to schools.

GTC Scotland is playing a key role on the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Education Recovery Group and is represented on a number of its associated workstreams, which have been tasked with plotting a way out of lockdown for teachers, children and young people. 

The Scottish Government set out its phased approach to lifting lockdown measures yesterday, Thursday 21 May.

Ken Muir, Chief Executive and Registrar said, “Over the last two months teachers’ commitment, skills and professionalism have shined through as they have worked tirelessly to ensure the delivery of high-quality education to children and young people. Scottish society owes teachers a deep debt of gratitude for all they have done to support the continuation of teaching and learning in these difficult times.

“Registrants and learners are at the core of our work as the independent professional body for teaching in Scotland. We are working collaboratively with partners across the education sector to ensure schools are as safe as possible when they re-open to staff and all children and young people.”

Further resources

Our recently developed Health and Wellbeing hub contains resources bespoke to our current circumstances which registrants may find helpful.

<![CDATA[Coronavirus (Covid-19): advice for probationers]]>16 March 2020

Updated: 17 March 2020

GTC Scotland recognises that probationer teachers will understandably be anxious about the potential impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on their probationary period. There is a requirement for probationers to complete a minimum number of days on the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS) or Flexible Route. This is currently 190 days and 270 days respectively. Due to the unprecedented circumstances in which we find ourselves, GTC Scotland has revised this minimum requirement for this year only to ensure probationers are not disadvantaged by any absence or potential school closure as a result of the impact of Covid-19.

GTC Scotland’s current position is that we will accept 140 satisfactorily completed days for Teacher Induction Scheme probationers and 200 satisfactorily completed days for Flexible Route probationers. Please note that it may be necessary to review these figures should circumstances change significantly in the coming weeks and months.

Any probationers who find themselves unable to attend school for a period of time can consider reviewing their progress against the Standard for Full Registration and undertaking learning activities to address any gaps identified.

Teacher Induction Scheme extension procedures will remain unchanged. At this stage the date for final submission of Final Profiles remains unchanged as per individual employers.

Probation requirements such as observations will be reduced accordingly and all details will be shared with probation managers next week, and we will update the content here.

Frequently Asked Questions

<![CDATA[Coronavirus (Covid-19): advice on student placements]]>

Joint statement from GTC Scotland and the Scottish Council of Deans of Education

16 March 2020

The following contingency plans have been agreed between the General Teaching Council for Scotland and the Scottish Council of Deans of Education.

These plans have been agreed in the context of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) providers moving to alternative methods of programme delivery. They are designed to provide clarity and consistency to students, and to reduce the burden on schools and teachers.

It has been agreed that all initial teacher education placements in schools will end as of today, Monday 16 March, and for the remainder of this academic session 2019-20.

This includes placements for all undergraduate and postgraduate students in all years of their ITE programmes.

PGDE, or Masters programmes students, will be assessed on professional practice undertaken to date, drawing on all available evidence. Those who are presented to GTC Scotland by their ITE provider will be able to progress into the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS) or Flexible Route with Provisional Registration awarded by GTC Scotland.

Final-year undergraduate students who have satisfactorily completed professional practice undertaken to date and as confirmed by their ITE provider, will be able to progress into the TIS or Flexible Route with Provisional Registration awarded by GTC Scotland.

Where the ITE provider judges that the student would have satisfactorily completed the placement, the placement module will be credited. This means that the credits associated with the module will be awarded to the student teacher. Therefore, student teachers on a PGDE programme or in their final year of an undergraduate degree, will be eligible to graduate.

Each ITE provider will identify any students whose performance requires them at this stage to undertake a retrieval placement next session. ITE providers will inform those students of this decision as soon as possible.

GTC Scotland will introduce an early check for all probationers on TIS or the Flexible Route in September 2020 to ensure that they are making satisfactory progress towards achieving the Standard for Full Registration. Any probationers not showing sufficient progress as determined by the school and local authority may be awarded Provisional (Conditional) Registration at this time. GTC Scotland will support the relevant schools and local authorities to monitor the progress of any such probationers and ensure that the necessary remedial action is taken prior to them being awarded Full Registration.

Undergraduate students who are in years one to three of their course will not attend school placements for the remainder of academic session 2019-20. Provision will be made in partnership with GTC Scotland, ITE providers and local authorities for additional placement time in subsequent years on a programme by programme basis.

In those areas where students have been unable to complete an on campus, taught programme, ITE providers are committed to offering online teaching as a replacement.

Please note

  • Any queries from students about this statement should be directed to their ITE provider
  • Probationer profiles on MyGTCS will be adjusted accordingly
  • Please refer to the GTCS website and Twitter accounts for further updates
  • Additional advice on Covid-19 is provided by Scottish Government here

Frequently asked questions