West Lothian welcomes 110 new probationary teachers
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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