New Teachers Recognised at National Probationer Event

Newly qualified teachers from across Scotland were welcomed into the profession at our National Probationer Event which was held at Clerwood House. 32 new teachers attended the event to represent the cohort of around 2000 new teachers who will become eligible to work in Scotland's schools from August 2012.

The event celebrated the Teacher Induction Scheme and is an opportunity for former Probationer teachers to share their learning experiences and discuss the professional issues they faced as they worked to gain the status of fully registered teachers. Speakers at the event included the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell MSP, and GTC Scotland Chief Executive, Anthony Finn. Each teacher was presented with their Certificate for Full Registration which allows them to teach in Scotland's schools.

Cabinet Secretary for Education Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell MSP said:

"I am delighted to congratulate the 32 probationers representing their local authorities at this week's National Probationer Event and the 1900 more across Scotland who will successfully complete the teacher induction scheme within the next two or three weeks. I applaud each and every one of them in their achievement.

"We know that the success of any country's education system is fully dependent upon the quality of its teachers. This is the tenth group of probationers who have come through our world acclaimed induction arrangements who will join Scotland's teacher workforce which is defined by its talent, professionalism and commitment."

GTC Scotland Chief Executive, Anthony Finn said:

"We are pleased to welcome these talented new teachers to the GTC Scotland to receive their Certificate for Full Registration. They represent a strong cohort of able and enthusiastic new teachers who will be of great benefit to schools as our new curriculum is introduced.

"These are testing times for newly qualified teachers trying to find work in Scotland's schools. What is clear from the newly qualified teachers present here today, however, is that there can be no doubting the talent, commitment and enthusiasm of this group of professionals, whose goal is to provide the highest quality learning experience for our children and young people.

"On behalf of the GTC Scotland, I would like to wish all of the newly qualified teachers in Scotland every success as they begin their new careers."

View a list of newly qualified teachers that were asked to attend the event:

Local authority  Probationer  Subject 
Aberdeen City  Claire Barrie  Modern Studies 
Aberdeenshire  Catriona McCulloch  English 
Angus   Leah Moore  Primary 
Argyll and Bute  Emma Dudley  Primary 
Clackmannanshire  Alex Cornes  Primary 
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar  Iain MacCorquodale  Physical Education 
Dumfries and Galloway David Herd  History 
Dundee City  Matthew Monaghan  Primary 
East Ayrshire   Deborah Harris  Primary 
East Dunbartonshire  Dominic Mills  Primary
East Lothian  Louise Wilson  Primary 
East Renfrewshire  Gary Rushworth  Physics with Science 
Edinburgh City  Margaret Grieve  English 
Falkirk   Louise Hamilton  English 
Fife  Fiona Baumgartl  Physics with Science 
Glasgow City   Tom Carson  Mathematics 
Highland  Laura Stein  Biology/Chemistry with Science 
Inverclyde  Louise McGeever  Primary 

Carla Jamieson

Moray   Cristy Ross Mowat  Primary 
North Ayrshire  Louise McGinness  Primary 

North Lanarkshire 

Christina Smith  Biology with Science 
Orkney  Laura Nicholson  Primary 
Perth and Kinross  Emily Tragham  Art and Design 
Renfrewshire  Derek Paterson  Physical Education 
Scottish Borders  Natalie Rendall  Primary 
Shetland Islands  Lisa Johnson   Primary 
South Ayrshire  Rachael Patrick  Primary 
South Lanarkshire  Hayley Gibney  Geography 
Stirling  Julia Cairney   English 
West Dunbartonshire  Jennifer Murray  Business Education 
West Lothian  Emma McLaughlin  Primary 


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