Information for Probationary Teachers

The independent schools sector in Scotland offers newly qualified, probationary teachers a rewarding and challenging experience in a purposeful learning environment.

All newly qualified teachers in Scotland must undertake a period of probationary teaching - usually a year - in order to obtain professional registration, known as Standard for Full Registration (SFR) with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Choosing to complete your induction year in an independent school (the flexible route) is an attractive option because probationary teachers at independent schools are usually offered a full time, permanent post at the end of their probationary year, on successful achievement of the Standard for Full Registration (SFR). Throughout your probationary year at an independent school, full support will be provided to help you develop your teaching skills. Weekly meetings, mentoring and guidance will be arranged with your Induction Tutor and there will be opportunities for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through SCIS.

Completing your probationary year at an indepednent school does not restrict you from working in local authority schools in the future.

You can apply direct to independent schools in response to job adverts which state that the post would suit a newly qualified probationer. Posts are usually advertised on individual school websites, on the Jobs page of this website, in the Times Educational Supplement Scotland (TESS) and in national and/or local press. Most independent schools pay newly qualified teachers according to the national pay scales and participate in the Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme.