Dlite-ful Graduation 2019 - New Teachers
25th June 2019
Saturday 22nd June 2019 was the Highland celebration event for Highland Council's newest DLITE PGDE graduates.
Fifteen students have graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education DLITE (Distance Learning ITE) course, with ten of them present for the celebration.
Attending the ceremony were pictured left to right: Ana Candido-Barton, Justine Mackay, Anna Stirling, Kelly Donnelly, Holly Ross (DLITE Development Officer), Claire Gray, Jo Scott, Joanne Harper, Kerry Challinor, Sonya Morrison, Aileen Mackay (Head Teacher, Smithton Primary and Strategic Quality Improvement Officer), Linda Fraser
Other DLITE 2019 graduates not present were: Ashley Mackay, Michelle McNeil, Alba Garcia Trueba, Jade MacLennan, and Pamela Fegan.
Cllr John Finlayson, Chair of The Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee said:
"We welcome our new Highland graduates into the teaching profession and wish them all the best in their chosen careers."
He added: "The Highland Council is working hard with its academic education partners to provide opportunities for people to become teachers. Training for the next Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education DLITE (Distance Learning ITE) starts in January 2020 and the deadline for applications is 23rd August 2019."
The DLITE PGDE (Primary) is a part-time, distance learning, 18-month programme of study (120 credits), which includes 18 weeks of placement experience in Primary Schools within The Highland Council area. The course includes: E-Learning, face-to-face workshops (eight Saturday ‘Network' days), self-study, collaborative group work, and professional practice on placement, to develop the academic, personal, and professional skills suitable for entry into the teaching profession.
The programme involves set courses which include:
• Developing Professional Practice 1 & 2
• Professional Studies
• Learning & Teaching through the Primary Curriculum
• Professional Enquiry.
... and school experience of 18 weeks full-time placement over the duration of the programme.
Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals living in The Highland Council area.
The DLITE PGDE (Secondary) is a part-time distance learning programme of study and applications are now being accepted. Details are available from the University of Aberdeen.
For further details on both courses and other routes into teaching please visit www.iwanttoteachinscottishhighlands.com
Highland Council's Environmental Health team have identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring in coastal waters at Loch Glencoul, Kylesku area. Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.
Highland Council's Environmental Health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring in coastal waters at Loch Eishort. Eating shellfish such as mussels, cockles, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.
Funding for food and activities during the summer break. More children and young people will benefit from a nutritious meal and a place to play this summer holiday.
At a meeting of The Highland Council on Thursday 27 June 2019, Councillors decided to discontinue the provision of education at Altnaharra Primary School, dividing its catchment area between Tongue Primary, Farr Primary and Lairg Primary schools. A copy of the consultation report, together with the original proposal paper and all relevant appendices can be viewed on the Council's website at: www.highland.gov.uk/schoolconsultations The Council is satisfied that implementation of closure is the most appropriate response to the reasons for formulating the original proposal identified by the authority.
"Highland Council as agreed to allow a question time for members of the public at future Council meetings. The motion was presented by Depute Leader Cllr Alasdair Christie and means that from December 2019, Highland Council meetings will include a time allocation for questions from members of the public.
Highland Councillors have unanimously agreed that the Council will support the continuation of the exemption from UK Air Passenger Duty for flights departing from airports in the Highlands & Islands; and Members also agreed that the Council will continue working with HiTRANS to present the case of the need for, and benefit arising from an exemption from the current UK Air Passenger Duty and any successor duty. The Council's stance comes this week as calls have been made by Aberdeen Airport for greater parity with Highlands & Islands.
Suicide prevention is a key priority for The Highland Council. Members have agreed today, to take forward a piece of research with partners including NHS Highland and Police Scotland, to better understand the current evidence base and experience of suicide in Highland.
The introduction of a service to support the mental health and wellbeing of Highland Council staff and councillors has been approved by the Council as part of a range of measures to improve wellbeing. An Employee Assistance Programme for staff and Members will be put in place to offer telephone and internet-based counselling 24 hours a day.
Councillor Mackie had a written question at today's meeting of Highland council. Item 12 - Question Time To the Chair of the Environment, Development & Infrastructure Committee "Official Highland Council guidance indicates that, unless extended, successful Community Asset Transfer requests should be completed by the Local Authority within a nine months' timeframe.
From highland council Meting today 27 June 2019. Item 12 - Question Time To the Chair of the Corporate Resources Committee "What are the current best estimates for present total Highland Council debt and the annual financial commitment required to service this debt?".
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