Throughout your probationary period you should be gathering evidence to prove you are meeting the Standard for Full Registration (SFR). Teacher Induction Scheme probationers employed in local authority schools should compile this information and submit it in an online profile.

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Be aware of staffroom mug politics

Staffrooms are areas of fashion and image. Your mug should have a witty saying, thoughtful picture or be at the cutting edge of the most recent Ikea design . . .


Nerves are natural


If you’re beginning the Teacher Induction Scheme this year you may be feeling a little nervous right now. Don’t panic, you’re not alone! Nerves are natural, writes Primary Teacher Elaine Todd. Her advice is, although it can seem daunting, just take things one step at a time.


Free access to educational research

We have launched a new educational research resource (EBSCO) providing all registered teachers and lecturers in Scotland with free access to a collection of more than 1,700 education journals and 28 eBooks. The new service is available online through MyGTCS.


My first day of term

Your first day of term marks the beginning of an exciting year ahead. In this blog entry, English teacher Heather Anderson offers advice on how to make the most out of your probationary year. In her opinion, ‘the best thing about being a probationer teacher is that for the first time you really feel like a part of the school’. You have the opportunity to become involved in whole school activities and get stuck in! And, don’t forget, you will have lots of support along the way.


Enlightenment in a day


Earlier this year, probationer teacher Mairi Macleod shadowed a GTC Scotland Education Adviser for a day and followed her schedule to get an insight into her work. In this article Mairi talks about what she learned from her shadowing experience.


Preston Lodge Learning Festival

On Saturday 27 September Preston Lodge High School in East Lothian will host a Learning Festival for any and all education practitioners who wish to attend. With 33 workshops to choose from, the free event offers the chance to discuss practice and learn from like-minded colleagues.