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GTC Scotland launches new Virtual School for Flexible Route Probationers

The General Teaching Council for Scotland has launched a Virtual School for probationer teachers in Scotland who are following the Flexible Route to gain full registration as a teacher.

The Virtual School has been built to support Flexible Route probationers as they work towards meeting the requirements of the GTC Scotland Professional Standard for Full Registration, which will fully qualify them to work as teachers in Scotland.

The Virtual School will support probationers in recording their service towards meeting the Professional Standard through their online profile. It will also provide a platform to share resources, receive news updates, view helpful videos and give probationers direct access to support from GTC Scotland.

Whilst the majority of teachers in Scotland take part in the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS), which offers a guaranteed one-year training post in a local authority to eligible students graduating with a teaching qualification from one of Scotland universities, many others participate in the Flexible Route.

Flexible Route probationers have five years to meet the Standard for Full Registration. Probationers follow the Flexible Route for a number of several reasons including: needing to balance working towards full registration with their personal commitments; completing their probation outside a Scottish state school; and working towards full registration in a second subject. The Flexible Route is also followed by probationer teachers who studied in Scotland and came from outside the UK and European Union.

Elaine Napier, Senior Strategic Manager: Education at GTC Scotland, said: “We are excited to offer the Virtual School to ensure that Flexible Route probationers get the support they need to successfully meet the Standard for Full Registration. Probationers following the Flexible Route have a range of experiences and backgrounds, and we want to ensure that they have the tools they need to develop their teaching practice.”

Roll-out of the Virtual School has started with this year's new cohort of Flexible Route probationers, with all Flexible Route probationers to gain access in the coming weeks.

For more information on the Virtual School contact pld@gtcs.org.uk