Media Release: GTCS National Probationer Event 2015


THE General Teaching Council for Scotland’s (GTCS) National Probationer Event, being held on Thursday 18 June at the GTCS headquarters in Edinburgh, celebrates and recognises a representative selection of probationer teachers who will become eligible to teach in Scotland’s schools from August 2015.

Thirty-two probationer teachers, nominated by each local authority in Scotland for their exceptional performance on the Teacher Induction Scheme, will attend the event.

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.

The National Probationer Event provides an opportunity for probationer teachers and those involved with the Teacher Induction Scheme to share experiences and work together to help enhance the scheme.

The event also gives probationer teachers the chance to discuss the professional issues they faced while on the scheme and the opportunity to look towards their future careers.

This year’s speakers at the event include Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning; Gillian Hamilton, chief executive of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL); and GTCS chief executive, Kenneth Muir.

The Cabinet Secretary will present probationer teachers at the event with their Certificate of Full Registration, which allows them to teach in Scotland’s schools.

Ms Constance said: “I am delighted to congratulate our highly skilled and professional new teachers as they complete the Teacher Induction Scheme.

“The probationers here today are representative of over 2,000 across Scotland and are all crucial to realising the Government’s ambition for Scottish education.

“Together, we will strive to raise attainment for all our children and young people no matter where they grow up. I wish them all well.”

GTC Scotland chief executive, Kenneth Muir, said: “I would like to congratulate probationer teachers across Scotland on completing the Teacher Induction Scheme and on behalf of GTCS welcome them into the teaching profession.

“To award a selection of these teachers their Certificates of Full Registration today is a real pleasure.

“The Teacher Induction Scheme is a challenging process helping to produce teachers of the highest quality who will, I have no doubt, go on to provide the best possible learning experience for our children and young people.

“Our newest cohort of teachers are sure to be of great benefit to schools across Scotland and I wish them every success as they begin their careers.”

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.


1. The General teaching Council for Scotland is the world’s first fully independent, self-regulating, professional body for teaching.
2. One probationer teacher was invited from each local authority.
3. 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:
4. To attend this event, or for further information, please contact Evelyn Wilkins on 0131 314 6077 or

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Contact: Evelyn Wilkins
Phone: 01313146077