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1 Becoming a Professional Teacher School of Education

2 Why Teach? It’s fun It’s exciting It’s warm It’s varied It’s sociable
It’s everywhere It makes a difference

3 Teaching as a career Good conditions of employment
Well defined career structure Positive opportunities for professional development Good opportunities for personal development Constant challenge and change

4 Some facts and figures Secondary schools Secondary pupils
Secondary teachers Primary schools Primary pupils Primary teachers 387 316,368 24,552 2,271 420,523 22,289

5 New blood each year The number of ‘new’ teachers entering the profession at the beginning of the academic session was approximately 2200.

6 Secondary teaching subjects
Computing English Gaelic Geography Mathematics Modern languages Physics Religious education Technological education Biology Business education Chemistry Drama Economics History Home economics Modern studies

7 Annual Salary For probationary teachers
£18522 £19059 £19440 £19878

8 Salary scales Currently more than 50% of secondary teachers are in promoted posts and so are earning substantially more than the basic scale.

9 How to apply You must have a University Degree or equivalent
For Secondary teaching you must have the equivalent of Higher English In your degree you must have studied the subject you wish to teach to a certain depth. This is specified in the ‘Memorandum’ You must apply through GTTR You must satisfy a selection panel

10 Selection criteria Enthusiasm Personality and confidence
Interest in teaching Interest in young people Ability to articulate ideas clearly and concisely

11 The Programme Two Components
Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools ( LTSS) Teaching ( Subject ) in Secondary Schools

12 Teaching ( Subject ) in Secondary Schools
This focuses on the subject specialism of each student. These two components are delivered in School of Education

13 Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools ( LTSS) This addresses professional issues which are common to all students. (Some choice is offered through a menu of “Specialist Professional Topics”)

14 School Experience 18 of the 36 weeks are spent in schools – this is the same for the Secondary and Primary Programmes 2/3 different schools in blocks of approximately 6 weeks each. Students are supported through the Teacher Regent Scheme.

15 Professional Induction
Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools child development curriculum assessment principles and practice classroom management learning theories Child development equal opportunities

16 and… Guidance Personal & social development Special educational needs
Dealing with sensitive issues Protection of children from abuse Bullying

17 Professional Induction
Teaching (subject) in Secondary Schools What is chemistry? Why teach chemistry? Why study chemistry? Introduction to Standard Grade Chemistry. Practical techniques in chemistry. A critical approach to practical work.

18 Teaching And Learning Microteaching. Problem solving in chemistry.
Teaching for understanding - concept mapping. Language in chemistry Resources for chemistry teachers. ‘H’ Grade Chemistry Chemistry in a multicultural context. Constructivism in chemistry.

19 Professional Practice
Self-evaluation Critical reflection Autonomous/independent learning Commitment

20 Probation and Induction
There is a new Teacher Induction Scheme which is designed to give teachers the best possible start to their career. An offer of a one-year training post in a Scottish school will be made to all students who successfully complete their Initial Teacher Education with a salary of £18,522 for the ten months in post.

21 The PGDE(P) Programme Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools (LTPS) covers the underpinning theory, knowledge and understanding in primary curriculum subjects Four blocks of teaching experience, including all stages from nursery to P7

22 How To Apply – PGDE(P) As well as your degree, you must have the equivalent of Higher English and at least Standard Grade Maths at Credit Level A broad range of subjects, appropriate to the Primary School curriculum, is also recommended – Science, Social Subjects, Expressive Arts, RME, Technology, Modern Languages

23 How To Apply – PGDE(P) You should apply through GTTR
You require a reference from someone who knows about your work with children You should include relevant information in your personal statement – sell yourself! You will be interviewed and will be ranked according to your performance, experience and qualifications

24 What to do to prepare Get some experience of working with children in an educational context Read up about educational issues Research what is happening in your subject area Apply in plenty of time

25 PGDE(P) There are 108 students on the course this session
Almost 200 people were interviewed, based on the information contained in their GGTR form More than double that number applied

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