Probationers to enter classrooms around the Borders

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TEACHING staffs at primary and secondary schools across the Borders have been swelled by an influx of 31 newly qualified teachers, writes Bob Burgess.

The probationers will spend four days each week in the classroom and one day on professional development over the coming school year. Before they can teach in Scottish schools and become registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the newly-qualified teachers have to complete a one-year training post.

This year, 17 will be attached to local primaries and 14 to eight of the area’s nine secondary schools – there will be no attachment to Jedburgh Grammar School.

The acting director of education with Scottish Borders Council, Yvonne McCracken commented: “This provides a solid foundation for newly qualified teachers to further develop their skills and knowledge.

“These young teachers will be brought up to date with current educational policies and procedures, and will benefit from working with experienced colleagues within their schools.”

The primary schools to which the probationers are attached are Edenside, Kelso; Parkside, Jedburgh; Priorsford and Kingsland, Peebles; St Peter’s, Langlee and the Burgh, Galashiels; Philiphaugh, Selkirk; St Ronan’s, Innerleithen; Melrose; Broughton; Eyemouth; Duns and Tweedbank.