Local teacher recognised at national event

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North Uist man Iain MacCorquodale was awarded the Standard for Full Registration yesterday (Friday) and welcomed into the teaching profession at the National Probationer Event held at the General Teaching Council for Scotland headquarters in Edinburgh.

Thirty two newly qualified teachers, one from each Local Authority area, represented around 2000 new teachers who become eligible to work in Scotland’s schools from August of this year. Iain completed his year of probation teaching Physical Education at The Nicolson Institute in Stornoway.

This annual event celebrates 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.

Iain pictured with Michael Russell and Anthony Finn.

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.”

Iain is pictured with Michael Russell and Anthony Finn.