The General Teaching Council for Scotland

GTCS National Probationer Event

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

12 June 2019

The GTCS National Probationer Event will kick off with a drinks reception on the evening of Wednesday 12 June, featuring a talk from Professor Norman Drummond, CBE, FRSE. Professor Drummond is Founder President of Columba 1400 and Chairman of Drummond International, and a non-Executive Director of his fifth-generation family shipping company J & J Denholm Limited.

The awards ceremony will take place the following day at the Marriot Hotel, Edinburgh, celebrating and recognising a representative selection of probationer teachers who will become eligible to teach in Scotland’s schools, with full GTCS registration, from August 2019.

Each of the probationers has been nominated by Scotland’s local authorities and the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, based on their exceptional hard work and dedication on the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS) and the Flexible Route. For the first time there is also a nominee from the Supported Induction Route (SIR) at University of Dundee, which is a new route into teaching. These probationers represent over 2,000 probationer teachers who will soon become fully registered teachers, having completed the various entry to teaching schemes and reached the Standard for Full Registration (SFR). A list of all the probationers attending is provided below.

The National Probationer Event allows probationer teachers and those involved with the probation routes to share their experiences and demonstrate some of the practical research in which they have been involved during their probationary year. The annual event also provides everyone with the opportunity to celebrate their achievements, along with the impact the probationers have had on their pupils, schools and local communities. The first hour of the event will be livestreamed, to allow colleagues, pupils, parents to share in the celebrations and watch the probationers receive their certificates.

This year’s keynote will be delivered by Jamie Andrew. Jamie tragically lost both his hands and feet after contracting frostbite when he and a climbing partner were trapped for five days on the icy summit of a French mountain. The rescue crew was unfortunately too late to save Jamie’s climbing partner but managed to save Jamie. Since losing his hands and feet, Jamie has learned to walk again he has taken up skiing, run marathons and Ironman triathlons, and is climbing mountains again.
Other speakers include Claire Lavelle, Managing Director of the Hive of Wellbeing. Also speaking is Amber Cochrane, one of last year’s probationers who will give her perspective on life after probation as a recently qualified teacher.

Dalgety Bay Primary School Choir and Lochgelly High School pipers from Fife will perform at the event, as well as Falkirk’s Graeme High School Samba Band, making it a fun celebration for everyone involved.

The Deputy First Minister and Ken Muir, Chief Executive and Registrar at GTCS, will present probationer teachers with their Certificate of Full Registration, which allows them to teach in Scotland’s schools. Mr Swinney will also answer questions put to him by three students from St Mungo’s RCHS, Falkirk.

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, said:

“It is a pleasure to welcome so many new teachers into the profession – more than two and half thousand probationers – and to present just some of them with their Certificate of Full Registration to officially teach in Scotland’s schools.

“The Scottish Government is committed to improving the education and life chances of all of our children and young people and teachers are key to achieving this. Congratulations to all newly qualified teachers and I wish you a long and rewarding career.”

GTCS Chief Executive, Ken Muir, said:

“It gives me great pleasure to present so many accomplished probationers with their Standard for Full Registration certificates. I am proud to welcome so many dedicated and hard-working probationers into the teaching profession and am confident that they will continue to strive for excellence and have a positive impact on the lives of the children and young people that they teach.”

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 prepared to join the teaching profession, having been given the very best start to their careers.

 Find out more about the Teacher Induction Scheme at:

Photos of probationer teachers receiving their Certificates of Full Registration will be available on the GTCS Flickr account after the event.

 Local Authority  Probationer
 Aberdeen City Laura Smith
 Aberdeenshire Chay Crawford
 Angus Frances Sanderson
 Argyll & Bute Robyn Falconer
 Clackmannanshire  Jilli MacKenzie
 Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Rebecca Smith
 Dumfries & Galloway Brodie Brockie-Donald
 Dundee City

Megan McCabe
Jordan Evans (Flexible Route)
Ryan Dickson (Supported Induction Route)                       

 East Ayrshire Charlotte Thomson
 East Dunbartonshire  Lauren Gibb
 East Lothian Amy Govan
 East Renfrewshire Rebecca Baillie
 Falkirk Tamarra Binnie

Gemma Collins

Catherine McColgan (Flexible Route)

 Glasgow City

David Beggan

Aikaterini Bakou (Flexible Route)

 Highland Ciara Jamieson
 Inverclyde Laura Thomson
 Midlothian Elinor Barbour
 Moray  Sophia Chin
 North Ayrshire Bethany Houston
 North Lanarkshire   Molly McDade
 Orkney Islands Fiona Hamilton
 Perth & Kinross  Rebekah McGill
Scottish Borders Evelyn Armstrong
Scottish Council of Independent Schools  Emily Fraser (SCIS/Teacher Induction Scheme)
 Shetland Islands  Royston Neilson (Flexible Route)
 South Ayrshire  Julie Gibb
 South Lanarkshire Richard Hewitt
 Stirling Carolynn Bell
 West Dunbartonshire

 Naomi Mcacphail

 West Lothian  Gabrielle Connarty