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 Climate Change Conference is taking place on Thursday 21 and Friday 21 October 2021. Chair of Highland Council's Climate Change Working Group, Cllr Trish Robertson, said: "The conference is a fantastic opportunity to bring people together from across and beyond Highland to discuss the climate and ecological emergency.
Members of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee (which took place yesterday, Thursday 23 September) were presented with a report outlining the areas of work which have been undertaken by Highland Council's Internal Audit section since the Committee’s previous meeting during June 2021. Of the five audit reports considered, three were given the audit opinions of significant assurance or full assurance.
The high point of the year for celebrating our heritage starts on Saturday 25 September. For three weeks, the Highland Archaeology Festival will offer a range of walks, talks, workshops, exhibitions, and activities for all ages.
Zero Waste Scotland has launched a digital recycling tool to help combat confusion and meet Scottish recycling targets. This Recycle Week (20-26 September 2021), Zero Waste Scotland is launching the first ever Recycling Sorter.
The Highland Council's resilient digital learning estate continues to connect and support learners and educators across Highland, including the creation of a new digital toolkit for teaching staff. Education Chair, Cllr John Finlayson said: "The extensive digital learning estate available across Highland for staff, pupils, parents and carers is an effective way to empower and develop digital opportunities across Highland schools.
Members of the public are being invited to comment on a Draft Gambling Policy Statement for the coming years 2022-25. The Highland Council is consulting on the draft policy statement on behalf of The Highland Licensing Board under the Gambling Act 2005.
At the meeting of The Highland Council Members supported a starred item put forward by Caithness Members. The Thurso and North West Caithness and the Wick and East Caithness Ward Councillors asked that the Council creates and implements a Council wide playground strategy that considers the needs and expectations of communities and supports the active play, well-being and social activity of children and their families.
Members at a meeting on 9 September 2021 of the Highland Council agreed the scope, budget, phasing and timescale for 5 priority school projects including Beauly Primary, Culloden Academy, Dunvegan Primary, Park Primary, and St Clements School. It was also agreed that these projects are to be incorporated into the Council's current capital programme.
Given the importance of tourism to the Highland economy and the need for the tourism experience to be positive for visitors and communities, members have agreed to extend the Visitor Management Plan funding into the 2022 season by a one-off investment of £1.5m. A one-off Visitor Management Plan investment of £2.4m agreed by the Council in March 2021 for this year's season has enabled a range of service improvements.
On behalf of The Highland Council, High Life Highland has this week advertised a tender and invitation to quote seeking creative filming and photography input to the Inverness Castle - Spirit of the Highlands project. The tender and invitation to quote will contribute to Spirit:Journeys, a natural and cultural heritage initiative that will deliver many benefits for local communities, helping to unlock economic potential and improve visitor experiences across the region.