Probationer teachers begin their career

Meldrum Academy
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Nearly 150 probationer teachers set off on their career in Aberdeenshire on Friday (today).

A total of 92 primary and 51 secondary teachers gathered at Meldrum Academy to begin their induction programme.

They were welcomed by Aberdeenshire Council chief executive Colin Mackenzie, chair and vice-chair of the education, learning and leisure committee councillors Isobel Davidson and Ron McKail and members of the senior management team.

Throughout the day there were talks from a range of council education specialists covering topics including Curriculum for Excellence, child protection, information technology and the mentoring scheme.

The mentors provide guidance, support and assessment of the teachers during their probationary period.

Committee chair, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “The mentoring scheme ensures that the strengths and development needs of probationer teachers are identified and addressed in a supportive and responsive way.

“This approach enhances learning and teaching in the classroom and develops confidence and leadership skills during the first year of a teacher’s career.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Councillor Ron McKail added: “I am very happy to be part of the induction day which I am sure will be a beneficial and informative experience for our new colleagues.

“I am looking forward to welcoming and meeting this year’s intake of probationer teachers. I wish them well in what I hope will be a long and rewarding career for them all.”