26th March 2010 at 00:00


Posted by mot

Are all probationers guaranteed a teaching post for a year and, if so, where will they go? We are taking less than half our usual number (primary). Can a local authority be forced to take more? In our area there are no vacancies for next year and no mention of retirement packages to create jobs. We also have compulsory transfers and those claiming permanency to place.

Posted by JPM1967

You've raised an interesting question regarding LAs potentially cutting back on probationers. Given the predicament of most LAs, are they keen to:

a) continue on the maximum number of probationers - it's cheap labour and funded by the Scottish Government; or

b) restrict their intake of new probationers as far as the law allows, giving them the flexibility to redeploy other "surplus" teachers and possibly soak up a few former probationersunemployed NQTs, the number of whom are becoming an embarrassment?

This should be the last year of the big PGDE intake coming out looking for probationer places. The numbers were cut significantly for the upcoming university year (2010-11). What will your LA do: a) or b)?

Posted by iheartpbandj

In our LA (central belt) it's been said b) is happening, but what is said and what is done are two completely different things!

Posted by JPM1967

I'd also heard that. However, if every LA cuts back on probationers, there'll be insufficient places for everyone graduating this summer. I realise the Government sets the overall intake each year, but what say does an LA (or school) have in determining how many probationers they are willing to take on?

Posted by clairey179

I thought LAs decided how many they took. Where I am, there's a set pupil roll above which schools must take at least one probationer, two if they can manage, and all others are encouraged to take one if they can. No idea what happens if the number the authorities want doesn't match the number of probationers.

Posted by Raymagnol

Every student must have an induction placement, so the body responsible for this is the GTCS. I believe it tells the LAs how many placements it needs, and the internal distribution of those placements is up to the LA., go down to Forums, then Opinion.

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