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Warm Highland welcome for probationer teachers in Inverness


By Andrew Dixon


Dr James Vance welcomed the probationers to the Highlands.
Dr James Vance welcomed the probationers to the Highlands.

A TOTAL of 117 probationer teachers gathered for an induction course at Millburn Academy in Inverness.

Dr James Vance, Highland Council's interim head of education, said: “It’s really good to see so many starting their careers in education here in Highland and I wish them all well.

"I passionately believe that teaching is a fantastic profession – exhausting but exhilarating.

"Our Highland communities greatly value the role that teachers play in the lives of our young people.”

John Finlayson, chairman of the council's learning committee, said: “This is an exciting day for all of our new probationers, and it is also an exciting day for the Highland Council as we welcome new teachers into our authority.

"Each and every one will be an asset to our Highland communities, and to the schools, children and families they will be working with over the next year. I am confident that they will enjoy working in their new schools, and I hope that they take advantage of the unique opportunities that await them and they choose to continue working in Highland for many years to come.”

The new teachers start working in schools across the region today when primary and secondary pupils return following their summer break.

Of the 113 probationers on a teacher induction scheme, 50 have been allocated to secondary schools and 63 to primaries. There are also four "flexible route" probationers, of which two are at primaries and two are at secondaries.



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