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Throughout your probationary period you should be gathering evidence to prove you are meeting the Standard for Full Registration (SFR). Flexible Route probationers should compile this information and submit it in an online profile.

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Flexible Route

Now you are a probationer teacher, this area of our site will provide you with guidance and support throughout your probationary period via the Flexible Route.

MyGTCS Accounts

If you are starting probation in August 2020 there is no need for you to create a MyGTCS account. We are in the process of creating MyGTCS accounts for new probationers, and login details will be shared with you in the next couple of weeks.

Becoming a probationer in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic

GTCS asked clinical psychologist Dr Emma Hepburn to create a resource that would support all of our new probationers over the summer. Read the resource

Flexible Route probationers currently employed during Covid-19

Flexible route probationers who are working towards completing 270 days in order to gain full registration are required to have taught in a class for 200 of these days. The remaining 70 are the days which, due to the school closures, you are working/teaching from home to the end of this academic year. Any days working/teaching from home should be recorded with an entry in the observed teaching section. Create the entry as if it were an observation on a record of teaching service, summarising any online teaching, planning etc that you have been engaging in during the school closures. The record of service should start from the end of the Easter holidays to end of the summer term. The record of service should follow the usual process and be submitted to your school for sign off. This will enable the profile to be submitted for recommendation once the 270 days have been completed satisfactorily.

If you are a probationer with a one year contract, completing probation via the flexible route, in order to gain full registration you are required to have taught in class for 120 of these days. The remaining 70 are the days which you are working/teaching from home and should be evidenced in the same way as above.

No recommendations can be made until the time in which you would have gained full registration has passed i.e. the work that you complete during the school closures needs to be included.

The information above is only relevant to those flexible route probationers who have employment in a school for the summer term. It does apply to flexible route probationers who are not employed during this period.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Advice for Probationers

An update for probationer teachers on our position regarding Covid-19 is available here: advice for probationers

Read out FAQs about how we are handling our processes at this time


Initial Registration Fee

The initial Registration Fee for those starting the Teacher Induction Scheme or Flexible Route in August 2020 will be deducted on or around 17 July. This amounts to £65.

Please note: if you have not passed or completed your course, payment will not be taken.

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