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Fresh faces and tough timetables

Tributes have been paid to hard-working probationers, including one who teaches at five schools, writes Emma Seith

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Brooke Walker is unusual. For a start she is a Mandarin teacher – one of only around a dozen working in Scottish state schools.

She is also a probationer but has never had her own classroom. And while she is employed by a private school, George Watson’s College, her wages are paid by a charitable foundation and she works in five state schools. These schools include both primaries and secondaries, and range from among the most advantaged in Edinburgh to the most disadvantaged.

Walker (pictured below) has taught her subject at Higher at one of Scotland’s top-performing state schools, James ...

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