DLITE Primary 2020 Applications NOW CLOSED

The submission date for the PGDE DLITE Primary programme starting in January 2020 has now closed and any late applications will not be accepted.

Many thanks to everyone who submitted their applications.

Please follow our blog to keep up to date with any new developments for the programme over the coming months. If you did not apply this time but you’re considering it for another year, notifications for future cohorts will be updated here. Please contact Holly.Ross@highland.gov.uk for further information.

Highland Probationer Teachers Welcome!

A warm Highland welcome for probationer teachers

Dr James Vance, Interim Head of Education, welcomes probationers to Highland.

One hundred and seventeen (117) probationer teachers were recently welcomed to Highland (on Friday 16 August) at an Induction course held at Millburn Academy in Inverness.

The probationer teachers’ induction day is the first of a number of professional learning events throughout the year specifically arranged to support probationer teacher induction and their ongoing professional learning.

Dr James Vance, Interim Head of Education, welcomed the probationers saying: “It’s really good to see so many starting their careers in education here in Highland and I wish them all well. I passionately believe that teaching is a fantastic profession, exhausting but exhilarating. Highland is the best place to work as you will quickly become aware that our Highland communities greatly value the role that teachers play in the lives of our young people. Through your probationary year you will hone your pedagogy, develop your understanding of the expectations of GIRFEC and, I hope, come to appreciate what a rewarding profession you have entered. I look forward to working alongside you and improving the life chances of our young people.”

John Finlayson, Chair of the Care, Learning and Housing Committee added: “This is an exciting day for all of our new probationers, and it is also an exciting day for the Highland Council as we welcome new teachers into our authority. Each and every one will be an asset to our Highland communities, and to the schools, children and families they will be working with over the next year. I am confident that they will enjoy working in their new schools, and I hope that they take advantage of the unique opportunities that await them and they choose to continue working in Highland for many years to come.”

The new teachers start working in schools across Highland tomorrow (Tuesday 19 August) when primary and secondary pupils return to school following their summer break.

Of the 113 probationers on the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS), 50 have been allocated to secondary schools and 63 to primary schools in Highland.  We also have 4 Flexible Route probationers starting in August, 2 at primary and 2 at secondary level.

DLITE 2019 Celebration

Congratulations to the newest DLITE graduates, celebrating the completion of their studies on Saturday 22nd June 2019. Above, from left to right: Ana Candido-Barton, Justine Mackay, Anna Stirling, Kelly Donnelly, Claire Gray, Jo Scott, Joanne Harper, Kerry Challinor, Sonya Morrison,  Linda Fraser

Also congratulations to those who graduated but could not attend: Ashley Mackay, Michelle McNeil, Alba Garcia Trueba, Jade MacLennan, Pamela Fegan

Above, with Holly Ross (DLITE Development Officer) and Aileen Mackay (Head Teacher, Smithton Primary and Strategic QIO)

We welcome our new Highland colleagues into the teaching profession and wish them all the best in their chosen careers.

Training for the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education DLITE (Distance Learning ITE) starts in January 2020 and the deadline for applications is 23rd August 2019.

The DLITE PGDE (Primary) is a part-time, distance learning, 18 month programme of study (120 credits), which includes 18 weeks of placement experience in Primary Schools within the Highland Council area. The course includes: E-Learning, face-to-face workshops (eight Saturday ‘Network’ days), self-study, collaborative group work, and professional practice on placement, to develop the academic, personal, and professional skills suitable for entry into the teaching profession.

The programme involves set courses which include:

Developing Professional Practice 1 & 2: Professional Studies / Learning & Teaching through the Primary Curriculum / Professional Enquiry.
School Experience: 18 weeks of full-time placement over the duration of the programme
Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals living in the Highland Council area.

DLITE 2020 Applications

Please note…

DLITE is NOT aimed only at Highland Council employees. Anyone residing in Highland, with the correct qualifications and experience, as well as an agreement with your Line Manager for time off for placements (18 weeks across the 18 months) can apply!

DLITE 2020 Applications Open

Applications are now welcomed from the University of Aberdeen for the Distance Learning Initial Teaching Education (DLITE) programme commencing in January 2020.


Programme Information and qualifications required can be found on the University of Aberdeen Website, via www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/1098/dlite-pgde-primary/

Please also consult the PGDE Information Leaflet at www.abdn.ac.uk/pgt/primary – it covers entry for full time in August 2019 and DLITE in January 2020;


Application forms are available from Cathy Reid, c.a.reid@abdn.ac.uk.   When contacting the University of Aberdeen you must include the name of the Local Authority you are applying through.  This is to ensure you receive the correct application for appropriate Local Authority.

If you do not receive a reply from Cathy within five working days you need to contact the University of Aberdeen yourself to check the progress of your request. The closing date for application is 5.00pm, 23rd of August 2019.

RLTT Applications Reminder

Please remember that the closing time and date for all applications for RLTT 2019 is 12pm on Tuesday 30th April 2019If you are sending a hard copy by post, please send to the following address and ensure that it arrives prior to this time as applications will only be able to picked up during the morning of 30th April. The preferred method of submission, however, is by email to holly.ross@highland.gov.uk 

Holly Ross

Care and Learning

Highland Council Headquarters

Glenurquhart Road