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 Leader of The Highland Council, Margaret Davidson has written to the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Annabelle Ewing MSP, in relation to the recent press coverage on concerns raised about the handling of emergency calls in the Highlands and Islands. Councillor Davidson said: "It does raise concerns over the Government's decision to close the Inverness Fire control room and transfer responsibility for handling emergency calls to Dundee.
The deadline for commenting on The Highland Council's draft Landscape Appraisals to help in the consideration of future proposals for wind energy development is drawing near - but has been extended to 31 January 2017. Two landscape sensitivity appraisals are currently being consulted on: one for the Caithness study area and another covering The Black Isle, surrounding hills and Moray Firth Coast.
Highland Council's administrative offices will close at 4pm on 23 December 2016 and reopen on 4 January 2017. The Service Centre will close at 4pm on 23 December and open as normal on 28, 29 and 30 December (closing at 4pm on 30 December) Service Points will be on reduced opening hours.
Highland Council is reminding pupils, parents and carers how to find out if their local school is closed or school transport is affected in anticipation of Storm Barbara hitting the north west of Scotland. Information on school closures is uploaded to the Council's school closures website www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures from 7am each morning School closure messages can be heard on the ‘school closures information line' by phoning 0800 564 2272 (with a school PIN number) to get the latest pre-recorded message from the head teacher of r child's school.
Reacting to the Scottish Government's Budget Settlement for 2017-18, Budget Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Bill Fernie said:"Disappointingly, our worst predictions are realised in that there has been a real cash cut to councils of £350 million. The devil will be in the detail, but an early analysis equates this to a significant cut in the grant to our core budget.
Since the introduction of Decriminalised Parking at Highland Council in October, the demand for Inverness Parking Permits has increased dramatically. This has seen the number of applications and permits issues increase from around 80 per month, to an average of 210 per month in October and November.
Highland Council is introducing pay and display parking at its headquarters car park as part of its Decriminalised Parking Enforcement Schemes. Cllr Allan Henderson, Chair of the Council's Community Services Committee said: "This change has come from a savings proposal agreed by Council in the December 2014 budget for implementation in 2015/16 to save £20,000 per year.
Speaking after attending today's COSLA meeting, Leader of the Council, Margaret Davidson said: "The Highland Council’s services, along with other Local Authorities’, have been cut to the bone after years of real terms reduction in funding from the Scottish Government. Since 2010/11 the Council has made savings of £135m, with £39m in this year alone.
Nominations now open for Scottish Education Awards 2017. The search for the Highlands' brightest education stars is underway as nominations are open for the Scottish Education Awards 2017.
Members of The Highland Council will be asked to approve a proposed scheme to make workforce reductions at the Council meeting on 15 December. The Employee Early Release Scheme (EERS) is designed to make reductions in the council workforce in a way that is affordable and in line with the reductions in funding available for the 2017/18 budget.
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