Probationer Teachers Welcomed To The Highlands
9th August 2012
Over 100 probationer teachers were welcomed to the Highlands today at an induction meeting held at Milton of Leys Primary School, Inverness by Councillor Alasdair Christie, Chairman of The Highland Council's Adult and Children's Services Committee.
Hugh Fraser, Highland Council's Director of Education, Culture and Sport also welcomed the 103 probationers starting in the 2012/13 academic year. The number of probationers is a 28% increase on the 2011/12 intake which saw 80 probationers last year working in Highland schools.
The new teachers will be starting work in schools across the Highlands next week. Primary pupils return to school following their summer break on Tuesday 14 August while Secondary pupils return on Wednesday 15 August (due to in-service teacher training).
In total, 49 probationers have been allocated to secondary schools and 54 to primary schools in the Highlands.
The number of probationer teachers in primary schools in each area is: 8 in Caithness, 4 in Sutherland, 18 in Inverness, 10 in Ross and Cromarty, 5 in Skye and Lochalsh, 8 in Lochaber, and 1 in Badenoch and Strathspey.
The 49 probationer teachers in secondary schools are located in each area as follows: 7 in Caithness, 5 in Sutherland, 11 in Inverness, 6 in Ross and Cromarty, 3 in Nairn, 1 on the Isle of Skye, 9 in Lochaber, and 7 in Badenoch and Strathspey.
The number of secondary school probationers who will be working in the following subjects are: Art and Design (3), Biology with Science (2), Computing (1), English (7), French (1), Gaelic (2), Geography (2), History (7), Home Economics (2), Mathematics (9), Modern Studies (1), Music (4), Physical Education (4), Physics with Science (2), and Technological Education (2).
Councillor Alasdair Christie, Chairman of the Council's Adult and Children's Services Committee, said: "I am delighted that the Council is playing an active role in providing these teachers with a start to their educational careers in the Highlands. Their talent and enthusiasm fresh from teacher training is extremely welcome among our schools and I am sure that our pupils will benefit greatly from their teaching."
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.
Probationer teachers for Caithness and Sutherland
The Highland Council has awarded a contract to A & W Sinclair for the delivery of environmental improvement works at Dunnet Bay and Dunnet Head. Work on site will commence week beginning 15th February 2016 and is scheduled for completion by the middle of April.
Following the second call for candidates wishing to serve on Highland Community Councils to come forward - a total of 19 Councils attracted sufficient interest to form a new Council. The uncontested community councils in the second round are: •Ardgay Community Council •Arisaig and District Community Council •Balintore and Hilton Community Council •Ballifer Community Council •Bower Community Council •Coigach Community Council •Conon Bridge Community Council •Dulnain Bridge Community Council •Inver Community Council •Kiltarlity Community Council •Kinlochleven Community Council •Kyle Community Council •Lochardil and Drummond Community Council •Morvern Community Council •Muirtown Community Council •Raasay Community Council •Sinclairs Bay Community Council •Strathpeffer Comunity Council •West Ardnamurchan Community Council.
For the first time the Highland Community Planning Partnership have endorsed a Development Plan published by The Highland Council and have agreed to working with the Council in monitoring its delivery. The Proposed Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan (CaSPlan), was published for consultation on 22 January 2016 and will run until 18 March 2016.
The Councils Community Services Committee has approved an additional programme of £2.7 million for the coming year 2016/17. £2.3 million will be allocated this coming year to re-surfacing, surface dressing and road markings across the Highland network and £0.4 million to bridges in Sutherland (Kylesku) and Lochaber (A884 Achnagavin).
Highland Council has invited tenders for a contract for a summer ferry service between Cromarty and Nigg. The previous operator terminated the service contract just before the start of the 2015 season due to difficulties with sandbanks building up off the slipways and berthing arrangements.
Council house rents will be limited to a 1.9% rise in order to maintain current service levels. This will mean an increase in the average weekly council rent of £1.35 for all Housing Revenue Account (HRA) rents.
New standards have been set out for grass-cutting across the Council area to meet statutory requirements and achieve savings. There is no statutory requirement that amenity grass must be cut, however, the Council has various duties to maintain public safety, deliver education in accordance to national standards, deliver a burial service, maintain roads and paths in a safe condition and support national play initiatives.
The Highland Council has awarded £1.128 million to Community Transport schemes across the Highlands, spread over the next 3 years. This allocation allows £376,000 of grants to be made available to the listed community groups and organisations each year for the next 3 years, which enables some certainty in the medium term for these initiatives.
The Highland Council is preparing for the implementation of a Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) Scheme this year. Remedial works have started, which includes sign and road markings replacement across the council to support of our Application to Transport Scotland for DPE authority.
Highland Council Leader, Councillor Margaret Davidson said: The option to raise council tax in Highland has been taken away from us. We have been informed, if we raise Council Tax, we will be fined not just the 3% we expected but also other sanctions will be applied around teacher numbers and funding for social care.
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