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The Independent School Sector

The independent school sector employs around 6.5% of the teaching workforce in Scotland and is the 3rd largest employer of teachers by local authority area. 

Independent schools actively recruit committed and enthusiastic staff who are passionate about learning and teaching and keen to contribute to the wider life of the school.  Independent schools offer excellent teacher induction training, professional learning and good career prospects.

Teacher Registration

To comply with new regulations under The Education (Scotland) Act 2016, all teachers who commence employment at any Scottish Independent School on or after 1 October 2017 must be registered with the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS); either provisional, provisional conditional or full registration. 

Supply teaching posts at independent schools

A database of teachers seeking supply positions in independent nursery, primary and secondary schools in Scotland is maintained by SCIS and given to member schools when they have a supply post to fill. To add your name, please email

Please note that from 1 October 2017, GTCS Registration is mandatory.

Probationary Teachers

The independent school sector in Scotland offers newly qualified, probationary teachers a rewarding and challenging experience.

All newly qualified teachers in Scotland must undertake a period of probation in order to obtain professional registration.  Choosing to complete your induction year in an independent school is an attractive option because probationary teachers at independent schools may be offered a full time, permanent post at the end of their probationary year.  

Throughout your probationary period at an independent school, full support will be provided to help you meet the requirements of the GTCS Standard for Full Registration (SFR). Weekly meetings, mentoring and professional learning will be arranged with your Supporter.  Complementary to this, SCIS facilitate a Probationer Pathway which is comprised of series of events/workshops and provides excellent opportunities for networking with probationers across the sector.

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