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A vital element of your probationary period is the availability of good quality support.

Talking with others is a necessary part of working in an effective manner; you may want to discuss your professional development or teaching service, bounce ideas around or deal with serious concerns.

As you may be undertaking teaching service through various supply days and short-term placements, you will need to consider how you find support in different situations. Remember to ensure that your headteacher knows that you have a probationary period to complete, as they may be able to put support in place for you.

Support network

For all probationers it is advised that you try to work with the recommended network of support. As a probationer you will also be expected to develop the qualities and capabilities detailed in the Standard for Full Registration.

Support from your school

During your probation period you may find yourself accumulating a number of supply days and short-term teaching posts with different schools. It's important that you familiarise yourself with the school and staff, even if you are only on a short-term contact, as you may gain valuable experience from your school.

Support from your colleagues

Your primary level of support will be through discussion with other probationers and colleagues. A "buddy" system can be very effective; you may discuss issues, receive feedback and share ideas with a colleague. This can be arranged on an informal basis or in discussion with members of the senior management team.

Support from your in-school supporter

You may be fortunate enough to have a supporter who will act as your primary support within the school.

Supporters help you decide on your initial CPD experiences and provide you with regular support and feedback.

Support from your headteacher

Your headteacher is the lead manager in your school and should be approached with any problems or issues you have. They work in conjunction with the local authority and any supporter to ensure arrangements are in place for accommodating you in school.

Please remember that your headteacher may not be familiar with your particular circumstances or teaching history, so please ensure that they know you have a probationary period to complete, but that you are not on the Teacher Induction Scheme.

If you don't have a dedicated supporter, your headteacher may be able to offer advice on the level of support available in your department/school. Your headteacher should also be able to arrange to have your teaching observed.

Support from your local authority probation manager

Your local authority probation manager works on behalf of your employer (the local authority) and is in close contact with your headteacher, your supporter (if you have one) and us.

If you experience difficulties finding support in your school or getting your teaching observed then you should contact your local authority probation manager.

There may be a series of local authority sessions, where you will be able to meet other probationers in your area. Meeting them may help to share ideas and experiences as you progress through your service.

Support from us

If you have questions or concerns about your probationary service, please contact the Professional Learning and Development Department.


If you would like to discuss your probation with us, please contact the Early Careers Team by completing the GTC Scotland contact us form selecting 'Probationers' as your reason for contact.

You should contact your local authority probation manager if you are seeking:
- specific support requirements for probationer teachers in your area
-local CPD provision
information on work as a probationer teacher in your authority

View the local authority probation managers contact information.