A former Rothesay Primary pupil now teaching at her old school was formally welcomed to the profession at a special ceremony in Edinburgh this week.
Laura Reynolds, a probationer teacher at Rothesay Primary since last August, was one of 32 newly-qualified teachers invited to receive their Certificate for Full Registration at the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s headquarters on June 13.
The teachers present at the ceremony represented around two thousand new teachers who become eligible to work in Scotland’s schools from this August.
The event celebrates the Teacher Induction Scheme and is an opportunity for former probationer teachers to share their learning experiences and discuss the professional issues they faced as they worked to gain the status of fully registered teachers.
Speakers at the event included the minister for learning, science and Scotland’s languages, Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, and GTC Scotland chief executive, Anthony Finn.
Each teacher was presented with their certificate for full registration which allows them to teach in Scotland’s schools.
Dr Allan said: “Congratulations to all the teachers who have successfully completed their induction this year. Their role is vital to the future of Scotland and to ensuring our young people achieve all that they can.
“I want to stress how highly I regard and respect all of our teachers who contribute to improving the life chances of our children and young people, in raising their levels of attainment and raising their ambitions.”
Mr Finn said: “We are pleased to welcome these talented teachers to the GTC Scotland to receive their Certificate for Full Registration. They represent a cohort of able and enthusiastic new teachers who will make a significant impact on the learning of young people in schools across Scotland.
“This is an exciting time in education. While change will perhaps present challenges for these talented and committed teachers to overcome, it also offers huge opportunities for them to help shape the future of education in Scotland. I am sure the teachers we have met here today will grasp these opportunities and use the skills they have learned - and will develop over the coming years to the benefit of our schools and our society.
“On behalf of the GTC Scotland, I would like to welcome all of the newly qualified teachers in Scotland to our profession and to wish them every success in their new careers.”