Media release: Deputy First Minister joins GTCS National Probationer Event


DEPUTY First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Minister 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 today.

The General Teaching Council for Scotland’s (GTCS) National Probationer Event, being held on Thursday 15 June at the Edinburgh Capital Hotel, celebrates and recognises a representative selection of probationer teachers who will become eligible to teach in Scotland’s schools from August 2017.

Thirty-two probationer teachers, nominated by Scotland’s local authorities and the Scottish Council of Independent Schools 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. A list of all the probationers attending is provided below.

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.

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 from Fife, Edinburgh, East Lothian, Falkirk and Midlothian.

This year’s speakers at the event include Mr Swinney and education coach and mentor, Andy Vass, who will speak on the subject of teacher resilience.

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’ll also answer questions put to him by student reporters from Dunbar Grammar School.

The event will also feature the launch of a new format for the George D Gray Award, GTCS’s annual award.

GTCS chief executive and registrar, Kenneth Muir, said: “It is a real pleasure to award some of the many successful probationer teachers around Scotland with their Certificates of Full Registration today.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the probationer teachers completing the Teacher Induction Scheme and to welcome them to the teaching profession.

“The Teacher Induction Scheme is designed to challenge and help probationers to build the foundations towards becoming the best teachers they can be, to the benefit of our education system, schools and, most importantly, our children and young people.”

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.

Notes for editors:

1. The General teaching Council for Scotland is recognised as the world’s first fully-independent, self-regulating, professional body for teaching.
2. One probationer teacher was invited from each local authority and from the Scottish Council of Independent Schools.
3. To find out more about probation, the Teacher Induction Scheme and Flexible Route, visit GTCS’s dedicated website for student, probationer and early phase teachers:
4. To attend this event, or for further information, please contact Fraser Shand on 0131 314 6007
5. The event includes performances by Fox Covert Primary School Choir and piper, Cameron Vasser, from Inverkeithing High School.
6. Photos will be available following the event

Local authority: Probationer

Aberdeen City: Ailie Corbett
Aberdeenshire: Fiona Christie
Angus: Joanne Hutchison
Argyll & Bute: Andrew Strathdee
Clackmannanshire: Scott Dudley
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar: Alison MacRae
Dumfries & Galloway: Kayleigh Walsh
Dundee City: Angela Veal
East Ayrshire: Victoria Wilkinson
East Dunbartonshire: Frazer Satti
East Lothian: Anna Lockhart
East Renfrewshire: Joanne McLeish
Edinburgh City: John Crowley
Falkirk: Helen Fletcher
Fife: Rachel Atkinson
Glasgow City: Alexander Holman
Highland: Nicola Cope
Midlothian: Genevieve Docherty
Moray: Sarah Stirling
North Ayrshire: Charlene Wilson
North Lanarkshire: Michelle Hardie
Orkney Islands: Karen Clark
Perth & Kinross: Robert Bee
Renfrewshire: Kim Kermath
Scottish Borders: Caroline Ferguson
Scottish Council of Independent Schools: Richard Marshall
Shetland Islands: Cheryl Cluness
South Ayrshire: Natalie Stevenson
South Lanarkshire: Rachel McCallion
Stirling: Amy Buchan
West Dunbartonshire: Jade McShea
West Lothian: Marion Thomson

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Contact: Fraser Shand
Phone: 0131 3146007