Fresh Teaching Talent Welcome in the Highlands
14th August 2011
Eighty probationer teachers who will be working in Highland schools in the new session were welcomed to the Highlands at their induction in Inverness by Councillor Bill Fernie, Chairman of The Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Committee, and Hugh Fraser, Highland Council's Director of Education, Culture and Sport.
The new teachers will be starting work in schools across the Highlands on Tuesday 16th August 2011 when pupils return to school following their summer break.
In total, 36 probationers have been allocated to secondary schools and 44 to primary schools in the Highlands.
The number of probationer teachers in primary schools in each area are: 7 in Caithness, 5 in Sutherland, 13 in Inverness, 8 in Ross and Cromarty, 2 in Nairn, 3 in Skye and Lochalsh, and 6 in Lochaber.
The 36 probationer teachers in secondary schools are located in each area as follows: 5 in Caithness, 5 in Sutherland, 8 in Inverness, 4 in Ross and Cromarty, 2 in Nairn, 4 in Skye and Lochalsh, 3 in Lochaber, and 5 in Badenoch and Strathspey.
Secondary school probationers will be working in the following subjects: Art and Design (1), Biology with Science (3), Chemistry with Science (1), English (3), French (5), Geography (2), History (3), Home Economics (1), Mathematics (4), Music (1), Physical Education (5), Physics with Science (2), and Technological Education (5).
Councillor Bill Fernie, Chairman of the Council's Education, Culture and Sport Committee, said: "It's great to welcome fresh teaching talent to the Highlands and I am delighted to meet the eighty probationers who will be teaching in our schools over the next year."
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.
Councillor Bill Fernie, Chairman of The Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Committee (front centre right) and Hugh Fraser, Highland Council's Director of Education, Culture and Sport (front centre left) welcome probationer teachers to The Highland Council.
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The Highland Council's Enforcement Officers have stepped up patrols in Caithness in a move to tackle the problem of littering, fly tipping and dog fouling. A number of fixed penalty notices have been issued recently including an £80 fine for dog fouling in the Stafford Lane and Back Bridge area of Wick, a £200 fine for fly-tipping on Ackergill Street and another £80 fine for dog fouling in Lybster.
Speaking ahead of today's Council meeting to agree the Council's Capital Programme for 2018/19 to 2022/23, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council said:- "This programme delivers significant investment in a range of key projects across the Highlands. We are investing in schools, roads, bridges, harbours and flood prevention schemes that will benefit our communities.
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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.
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