Highland Welcomes Eighteen New Teachers

Following the successful completion of the Rural Learn to Teach programme, eighteen new probationer teachers celebrated their achievement at a civic reception, hosted by Highland Council, in Inverness on Saturday 30th November.

Rural Learn to Teach programme is an innovative route into primary teaching. It is funded by the Scottish Government, delivered in partnership by University of Dundee and the University of Highlands and Islands, and is fully supported by Highland Council.

This is the first cohort to complete the programme, which allows students to continue in their full time employment whilst engaging in their studies. Highland Council praised the initiative and welcomed the new teachers into the profession.

Sincere congratulations to all.


From left to right:

Mary Knight, Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean of Learning & Teaching, University of Dundee, Jill Shimi, Project Lead, RLTT, University of Dundee, Aileen Mackay, Strategic Quality Improvement Officer, Highland Council, Anna Marshall, Sarah McNair, Cara MacCallum, Ida Bartkiewicz, Shirley Young, Amanda Gibbon, Beth Henderson, Mhairi Cameron, Zoe Livings, Erin Wilmot, Rebecca Walters, Shira Drain, Gavin MacMillan, Heather McLauchlan, Carla Gallon, Fiona MacDonald, Heather Dibble, Christine Stokes, Mark Lindley-Highfield, Group Lead, RLTT, University of Dundee and UHI, Nicky Grant Interim Head of Education, Highland Council and joined by Depute Provost Bet McAllister.

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




Rural Learn to Teach Programme

A Partnership Approach

Further Information

The University of Dundee, in partnership with University of Highlands and Islands and Highlands Council, has developed a part time programme to enable eligible Local Authority Employees to undertake a PGDE Primary qualification.

This route into teaching allows students to complete the qualification while remaining in employment.

The programme is identical in content to the full time PGDE route, but is offered on a part time basis over 18 months.

Students will attend workshops, introduction days and on campus learning days in Inverness.

The programme consists of academic study and practical placements.

Academic Study

Workshops Inverness Approximately 12 Saturdays  across the 18 months
Introductory Days Inverness Two on campus
Summer School and Spring School Inverness On campus


In addition to face to face sessions, above, students will participate in a range of online learning, including on line lectures and webinars.

Professional Practice

Students will also undertake three school placements, within their Local Authority to develop practical teaching skills.

PP1: Middle to Upper Stages (P.4-7)
PP2: Nursery/Early Years
PP3: Any stage (P.1-7)



Formative assessment and summative assessments are used throughout the course. There are two university-based assessed modules (both written assignments) and three professional practice modules. Professional Practice (Placement) is assessed with reference to the Standard for Provisional Registration by university staff and school partners. Although this course is at graduate entry, there are components (University-based) which are assessed at SCQF Level 10 and Level 11.  Professional Placement is assessed only at SCQF Level 10.


Student Support

Throughout the programme students will be supported by the Programme Lead. They will also be supported by their placement tutor and lecturing staff.

Who is Eligible?

  • Existing Local Authority employees who hold the relevant qualifications
    • Recognised Degree
    • Higher English at grade ’C’ or above, or equivalent qualification
    • National 5 Mathematics at grade ’C’ or above, or equivalent qualification
    • The final decision regarding who can apply lies with the LA. It is the decision of the LA to agree which members of staff can be released from post to complete the placements.



The universities and the Local Authority are committed to supporting the students and there is an agreement with the Local Authorities that students will be released from their substantive post to undertake the school placements.

  • Completing all tasks and assessments
  • Maintaining close contact with tutor


Applications must be approved by your Line Manager and your Local Authority.



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 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.