SBC welcomes newly qualified teachers

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) welcomed 40 newly qualified teachers (NQTs) to 18 primary schools and all nine secondary schools across the Borders to begin their induction year.
Scottish Borders Council (SBC) welcomed 40 newly qualified teachers (NQTs) to 18 primary schools and all nine secondary schools across the Borders to begin their induction year.

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) welcomed 40 newly qualified teachers (NQTs) to 18 primary schools and all nine secondary schools across the Borders to begin their induction year.

They gathered in Galashiels recently for an induction day to mark the start of their training year.

This year, 20 primary and 17 secondary NQTs are participating in the Teaching Induction Scheme. There are five more teachers who originally trained in England and who are now on the Flexible Route in order to complete their probationary term of 270 days training in order to teach full-time in Scotland.

In order to teach in Scottish schools, teachers must complete a one-year training post to ensure that they meet the Teacher’s Standard and become registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCs).

SBC’s director of education and lifelong learning, Glenn Rodger explains what the scheme involves: “The Teacher Induction Scheme is an excellent programme which provides a solid foundation for any NQT looking to further develop their skills and knowledge. As part of the programme, the probationers are allocated four days per week in the classroom and one day per week for professional development. They receive training in key aspects of the curriculum, are allocated an experienced teacher as their mentor and receive regular support from a teacher who helps plan and deliver training days for both them and their mentor.”

He warmly welcomed the new NQTs to the Borders, explaining: “We aspire for our schools to be the best in Scotland and the quality of teaching directly affects the quality of the learning experience our children have. The latest NQTs are starting their careers at a time which is both challenging and exciting as the new Curriculum for Excellence begins to be implemented and I wish them all well, during their training year and in the future.”

SBC’s executive member for education, Councillor Sandy Aitchison added: “It is really encouraging to welcome the NQTs to our schools this year. We have such great wealth of knowledge and experience in our schools, so we are delighted to be able to offer excellent support and encouragement to these new teachers in their first year of teaching. I am sure pupils and staff will really enjoy having these NQTs in their schools over the forthcoming year. Their experiences will, I am sure, put them in good stead for a long and successful career in teaching.”

In Berwickshire NQTs have been designated to Berwickshire and Eyemouth schools as well as Eyemouth and Greenlaw primary schools this year.