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Ways to complete probation

A key requirement for the Flexible Route probationary period is that you demonstrate meeting the competencies of the Standard for Full Registration and engage in associated Professional Learning relevant to the subject(s) in which you qualified.

Ways to complete your probationary period include:

Teaching service

The length of service that you will need to complete depends on your circumstances.

Just completed your Initial Teacher Education programme: 270 days to complete.
Started the Teacher Induction Scheme and withdrew: credited with the satisfactory days as confirmed by your local authority at the point of withdrawal
Qualified outside Scotland: the number of days of satisfactory service required will be determined by your case assessor at the point of application.

On the Flexible Route:

  • a minimum of 55% of your probation service must be in your registration category
  • a maximum of 45% of your probation service can be completed in any other category, for example, Additional Support Needs.

Gaining experience

Depending on your sector, you'll need to gain a variety of teaching experiences, documenting this as you go along.


For primary, it's important that you have responsibility for teaching the whole curriculum. If you are able to work with a supporter to help you during your probation period, you can discuss your teaching and development needs with them and record the discussions in your profile.


For the secondary sector, it's important to show that you have:

  • had sole responsibility for teaching the subject(s) in which you are provisionally registered
  • taught a wide range of classes across different year groups. Where possible this would include certificate level classes.

Timescale for completion

Full registration should be obtained no later than five years from the date of provisional registration with us.

If you withdrew from the Teacher Induction Scheme after 1 April in the calendar year in which your induction was due to commence, full registration should be contained no later than 3 years from the date of initial registration with us.