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19 August 08
Probationer Teachers Welcomed In The Highlands
Councillor Bill Fernie, Chairman of The Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Committee, Drew Miller Vice-chairman and Hugh Fraser, Director of Education, Culture and Sport welcomed 109 probationer teachers, who will be working in Highland schools in the new session, at their induction day in Inverness on Friday 15 August.

The new teachers will be started work in schools across the Highlands on Monday (18 August). Pupils return to school following their summer break on Tuesday. In total, 47 probationers have been allocated to secondary schools and 62 to primary schools.

The number of probationers teachers in primary schools in each area are: Inverness,Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey (22), Ross & Cromarty (17), Lochaber (7), Skye & Lochalsh (3), Caithness (11) and Sutherland (2).

The number of probationers teachers in secondary schools in each area are: Inverness,Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey (21), Ross & Cromarty (6), Lochaber (4) Skye & Lochalsh (2), and Caithness (14).

The 47 Probationers in secondary schools will be working in the following subjects: Art and Design (1), Biology (2), Computing (2), English (9), French (4), Gaelic (1), Geography (4), History (4), Mathematics (4), Music (3), Physical Education (5), Physics (3), Spanish (1); and Technical Education (4).

Councillor Bill Fernie Chairman of the Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Committee said: “We look forward to welcoming the new probationers into our schools throughout the Highlands. They provide a valuable contribution to the education of our children. They bring with them enthusiasm and news ideas into teaching.”

The probationer induction day is the first of four in-service training days throughout the year specifically allocated to probationer teacher induction and training.

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