West Loth­ian wel­comes 110 new pro­ba­tion­ary teach­ers

West Lothian Courier - - News -

West Loth­ian will wel­come 110 new pro­ba­tion­ary teach­ers at schools across the area in Au­gust.

The new in­take of pro­ba­tion­ary teach­ers join­ing the Teacher In­duc­tion Scheme has in­creased this year, with 60 be­ing placed in pri­maries and 50 in sec­ondary schools.

West Loth­ian has one of the fastest grow­ing pop­u­la­tions of young peo­ple in Scot­land, cre­at­ing an in­creas­ing school roll.

West Loth­ian’s pro­ba­tioner teach­ers can ac­cess a full and varied pro­fes­sional learn­ing pro­gramme of af­ter-school ses­sions which pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther de­vel­op­ing their class­room prac­tice and also the chance to get to know each other and build a sup­port­ive net­work of col­leagues.

Ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor for Ed­u­ca­tion, David Dodds, a former teacher him­self, said: “We are de­lighted to wel­come 110 new teach­ers to our pro­ba­tioner pro­gramme. The scheme in West Loth­ian is very well es­tab­lished. Pro­ba­tioner teach­ers will spend a year in their al­lo­cated school where they will ben­e­fit from an in-school sup­porter who is an ex­pe­ri­enced mem­ber of staff. They will also have ded­i­cated time for pro­fes­sional learn­ing.

“It has been many years since I was a pro­ba­tioner teacher and many things have changed over the years.

“How­ever the fun­da­men­tals haven’t and it is a chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing ca­reer, and I wish them all the very best as they em­bark upon their new ca­reer path.”

Elaine Cook, West Loth­ian Coun­cil’s de­pute chief ex­ec­u­tive, added: “Our new pro­ba­tion­ers will find a warm wel­come and a full pro­gramme of sup­port.

“We have had a fan­tas­tic re­sponse from our pre­vi­ous pro­ba­tion­ers who have said that they feel wel­comed into their West Loth­ian schools and are very ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port pro­vided by their in­di­vid­ual sup­port­ers and wider school staff.”

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