Welcome To Probation Teachers In Highland
13th August 2010
Probation teachers receive a warm welcome in the Highlands For 2010
Seventy five probationer teachers who will start work in Highland schools next week attended an induction day in Inverness today. The probationers were welcomed by Chairman of The Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Committee, Councillor Bill Fernie, and Hugh Fraser, Highland Council Director of Education, Culture and Sport.
The new teachers will be starting work in schools across the Highlands on Monday 16 August. Pupils return to school following their summer break on Tuesday 17 August. In total, 33 probationers have been allocated to secondary schools and 42 to primary schools.
The numbers of probationer teachers in primary schools in each area are: 4 in Caithness, 2 in Sutherland, 14 in Inverness, 10 in Ross and Cromarty, 2 in Nairn, 5 in Skye and Lochalsh, 4 in Lochaber, and 1 in Badenoch and Strathspey. Three of these primary probationers will be teaching through Gaelic Medium.
The numbers of probationer teachers in secondary schools in each area are: 6 in Caithness, 2 in Sutherland, 7 in Inverness, 5 in Ross and Cromarty, 3 in Skye and Lochalsh, 4 in Lochaber, and 6 in Badenoch and Strathspey.
The 33 probationers in secondary schools will be working in the following subjects: Biology (3), Chemistry (2), English (8), Gaelic (1), Geography (3), History (2), Home Economics (1), Mathematics (4), Music (3), Physical Education (4), Physics (2).
Councillor Bill Fernie, Chairman of the Council's Education, Culture and Sport Committee, said: "I am delighted to welcome our new probationary teachers to the Highlands. With the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence transforming the education system throughout Scotland these are very challenging and exciting times to start a career in education. These new probationers will provide a vital role in helping the Council to meet the roll out of Curriculum for Excellence in our schools.
"I hope that all of our probationer teachers will have a positive experience in our schools and I wish them all the very best at the start of their career in this very important profession."
The probationer induction day is the first of a number of in-service training days throughout the year specifically allocated to probationer teacher induction and training.
The Highland Council is reassuring people in the region that since Storm Caroline and the arrival of winter weather to the region, the Council's Community Services has been deploying all of its available resources to tackle the condition of Highland Council pavements and roads. The Council's gritting fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over 200 staff providing winter maintenance services.
Budget update Council will today consider a potential budget gap of £33.5 million in the next financial year in 2018-19. It will take several days to achieve clarification of the precise settlement to The Highland Council following the Scottish Government's draft budget announcement.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting . The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.
With Storm Caroline hitting the Highlands yesterday, today's heavy snowfall and the forecast for a drop in temperatures over the next 48 hours, the Highland Council's crews and winter vehicles have been busy in action. The fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over the coming months 200 plus staff will be providing winter maintenance services.
Wick Campus, including Wick High School, Newtonpark Primary School and High Life Highland Leisure facilities will remain closed on Friday 8 December 2017. The closure is due to high winds during Storm Caroline today which caused some damage to part of the roof of the Wick campus gym, causing the metal flashing around a roof light to become detached.
Following the high winds forecast and experienced this week due to Storm Caroline, The Highland Council is encouraging landowners to check trees and vegetation near to public roads which may have been damaged. Roads affected by fallen trees this morning were near Beauly; Achnagarron near Invergordon and Lochaber which staff are clearing.
The high winds during Storm Caroline today have caused some damage to part of the roof of the Wick campus gym, causing the metal flashing around a roof light to become detached. The school was already closed to pupils today due to the adverse weather.
Road condition reports by The Highland Council's Community Services for the morning of Thursday 7 December 2017 are as follows: Caithness and Sutherland: Most roads are affected by snow and ice. Treatment in progress.
The Highland Council expresses its deep disappointment at the news of further branch closures by the Royal Bank of Scotland. Leader of the Highland Council Margaret Davidson said: "This will cause real difficulties for many customers and small businesses.
Highland consumers who have lost money to a scam involving payment through Western Union wire transfer between 1st January 2004 and 19th January 2017, are being encouraged by Highland Council Trading Standards to file a claim for a refund with America's Federal Trade Commission in a bid to get some or if not all of their money back. In January 2017, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million for turning a blind eye to scammers and other criminals who used its service to trick customers into paying for bogus prizes, loans, jobs, discounted products and other financial rewards in exchange for money upfront.
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