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GTCS National Probationer Event

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, today opens the GTCS event which celebrates and recognises a selection of probationer teachers from across Scotland

14 June 2018

Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Minister for Education and Skills John Swinney will today address probationers and present awards at the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s (GTCS) celebration of probationer teachers.

The GTCS National Probationer Event, being held at the Marriot Hotel, Edinburgh, celebrates and recognises a representative selection of probationer teachers who will become eligible to teach in Scotland’s schools from August 2018.

Scotland’s local authorities and the Scottish Council of Independent Schools have nominated probationers based on their exceptional performance on the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS). They represent over 2,000 probationer teachers who will soon become fully registered teachers, having completed the Teacher Induction Scheme and reached the Standard for Full Registration (SFR). A list of all the probationers attending is provided below.

For the first year, this event will also celebrate probationers who have reached the SFR through the Flexible Route. The Flexible Route allows probationers who cannot commit to a full-time post for personal reasons, or have decided to opt out of the Teacher Induction Scheme, five years to meet the Standard for Full Registration.

Five Flexible Route probationers will be celebrated alongside the TIS probationers at the event.

The National Probationer Event provides an opportunity for probationer teachers and those involved with the probation routes to share experiences and work together to help enhance the schemes. This year’s event is a celebration of the positive contribution that probationer teachers have made to their pupils and the community in their schools, and will feature performances by school children.

To further celebrate the links between probationer teachers and their pupils and school community, the day will feature performances from school pupils, including a school choir and pupils giving their perspective on “What makes a good teacher?”.

This year’s keynote will be delivered by Chris Kilkenny, who will give his first-hand experience of being in the education system and living in poverty. Mr Kilkenny, who was once in care, left school with no qualifications. He will share his thoughts on some of the key elements that could be added to teacher practice that could improve the lives of young people currently living in poverty and coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.

This year’s speakers include: the Deputy First Minister; Graeme Logan, Deputy Director in the Education and Skills department at the Scottish Government; Margaret Lannon, SCIS Deputy Director Professional Learning; and Claire Lavelle, Managing Director of the Hive of Wellbeing. Also speaking is Rachel McCallion, who was South Lanarkshire’s nominated probationer in 2017. Rachel will give her perspective on life after probation.

The Deputy First Minister will present probationer teachers at the event with their Certificate of Full Registration, which allows them to teach in Scotland’s schools. He will also answer questions put to him by high school students.

GTC Scotland Chief Executive and Registrar, Kenneth Muir, said:

“It gives me great pleasure to award Certificates of Full Registration to these representatives of the many successful probationer teachers around Scotland. I would like to welcome all the probationer teachers completing the Teaching Induction Scheme and Flexible Route into the teaching profession, and congratulate them on building the foundations of a successful career in teaching.

“The General Teaching Council for Scotland sets high standards for those wishing to teach in all Scottish schools. Entry to the teaching profession demands that teachers meet and maintain those high standards. Scottish children and young people, their parents and carers deserve nothing less.”

The Teacher Induction Scheme is administered by GTCS in partnership with the Scottish Government. The scheme and the Standard for Full Registration ensure that teachers in Scotland are well trained and ready for the teaching profession, and given the very best start to their career.

Photos from the event are available here.

To find out more about probation, the Teacher Induction Scheme and Flexible Route, visit GTC Scotland’s dedicated website for student, probationer and early phase teachers:

 Local Authority  Probationer
 Aberdeen City  Kerry Carter
Ian White (Flexible Route)
 Aberdeenshire  Molly-Jean Curtis
Douglas Kinnear (Flexible Route)
 Angus  Rachel McCullough
Amber Cochrane (Flexible Route)
 Argyll & Bute  Nicole McLeod
 Clackmannanshire   Debony Leitch
 Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar  Abigail Treffry
 Dumfries & Galloway  Bradey Maxwell
 Dundee City

 Charlotte Roberts Josh Martin (Flexible Route)

 East Dunbartonshire   Michaela Dickson
 East Lothian  Beth Chapman
 East Renfrewshire  Stewart Morton
 Edinburgh City  Mazhar Yusaf
 Falkirk  Laura-Jane McGuire
 Fife  Kirsty Renton
 Glasgow City  Jordan O’Hara
 Highland  Emma Cooper
 Inverclyde  Audrey O’Donnell
 Midlothian  Graeme Barul
 Moray   Alex Charles-Mckeating
 North Ayrshire  Ruari Harris
Victoria McNicol (Flexible Route)
 North Lanarkshire   Craig Gourlay
 Orkney Islands  Anne (Roz) McMahon
 Perth & Kinross   Esmee Gallagher
 Scottish Council of Independent Schools  Brooke Walker
 Scottish Borders  Julie Halliday
 Shetland Islands   Brian Spence
 South Ayrshire   Sam Kennedy
 South Lanarkshire  Lisa Park
 Stirling  Dale Shankland
 West Dunbartonshire

 Lydia Everitt

Rhiannon McEwan (Flexible Route)

 West Lothian  Hannah Stevens