The support of Des Murray, Chief Executive; Derek Brown, Executive Director along with the Heads of Service, Anne Munro, Janie O’Neill and Gerard McLaughlin has been central in recognising the value of the Probationer Teacher Induction Programme in North Lanarkshire Council. Their commitment to giving our probationer teachers the best possible support and training in their first year of teaching in our schools, helps ensures that the NLC Probationer Programme is of the highest standard.

The involvement of Dr. Mike Carroll, Associate of the University of Glasgow, in directing our new teachers in understanding the theory and the structure of practitioner enquiry is pivotal in maintaining NLC’s partnership with the university to unify provision in the early phase. Dr. Carroll’s continued support and input to our probationer programme over the last 7 years has contributed to its value and supports our new teachers wishing to complete masters’ level credits or work towards a masters’ degree.

Central to the programme is the work done by our numerous dedicated and experienced staff in schools across the authority. Our thanks go to all of our head teachers and their staff, in particular the probationer mentors, who work very closely with their probationers throughout the induction year implementing a carefully structured programme of support, professional learning and monitoring and tracking of progress to support our probationers in self-evaluation against the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s Standard for Full Registration.

Particular thanks go to the experienced and skilled teachers who take on the voluntary role of Group Leader. They work closely advising and supervising a cross-sector group of probationary teachers as they plan, implement and conclude their collaborative enquiries. All of the Group Leaders are acknowledged on their relevant page. We thank their head teachers for releasing them to attend training and core sessions linked to this role. They give a great deal of their own time to work with our probationers within their groups and on an individual basis, providing guidance and structured feedback to each probationer throughout the course of the enquiries.

This network of support cannot be overestimated.

Publishing and Editorial

The work of John Cameron and Anton Smith (Multi-media Specialists, The Learning Centre) has become an integral part of the programme and is invaluable in publishing and promoting the high standard achieved by our probationers.

Andrea Cardow & Tracey McGoldrick

Probationer Support Officers, North Lanarkshire Council

June 2021