Galloway leads the way in teaching stakes

OUR region is leading the way for probationer teachers who manage to gain permanent employment, figures released this week show.

According to the Times Educational Supplement Scotland (TESS), across Scotland, only 15.5 percent of probationer teachers have been able to obtain permanent employment as teachers but in Dumfries and Galloway, that figure is 66.1 percent.

The top three local authorities in terms of the percentage of 2010/11 probationer teachers finding permanent employment are:

Dumfries and Galloway: 41/62 = 66.1 percent; Midlothian: 13/37 = 35.1 percent and Angus: 29/93 = 31.2 percent.

Councillor Sandra McDowall, chairman of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Education Committee, said: “This is an indication that the number of teachers we are training is closely linked to the number of teachers that we need. Additional funding through the local government settlement provided a significant support to our teacher refresh scheme.”