Secondary teacher training opportunity for graduates

Teacher and pupil

Published: Wednesday, 19th April 2017

We are offering a distance learning opportunity for Borders graduates who would like to gain a qualification that will allow them to enter the teaching profession at secondary level.

A partnership agreement has been set up with the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI) who offer an initial teacher education programme for graduates who have a degree in:

  • physics
  • business studies
  • mathematics
  • home economics
  • technology.

Applicants must also have:

  • National 5 Mathematics (or equivalent i.e. Intermediate 2, Standard Grade 2, O Grade)
  • Higher English.

The programme is full time for one year with students required to carry out online study and undertake four school placements for a total of nine weeks. We will provide:

  • online learning facilities
  • access to video conferencing
  • school placements
  • tutor support.

Diploma in secondary education

Upon completion of the programme, students will be awarded a Diploma in Secondary Education and be guaranteed a year’s probationer teacher position in a Borders school. If this is completed successfully, they will be offered a permanent post.

Donna Manson, Service Director Children and Young People

“This is an exciting and innovative way for anyone with a relevant degree and the ambition to become a secondary teacher to enter the teaching profession.

“This type of programme attracts a range of students from a wide range of backgrounds – you may be a recent graduate who now wants to become a teacher or perhaps a mature student deciding to pursue a career change. What is important is that you have the commitment and dedication to become a first class teaching professional of the calibre that the Council and UHI are looking for. In return, you will be given the learning and support you need to make your dream into a reality, along with employment at a Borders school on successful completion of the course.”

“We appreciate that there is a short timescale for people to submit their applications for this year’s intake, but we only recently received confirmation that we could offer the programme here in the Borders. We are publicising it in the hope that there might be some interest, but would also welcome hearing from anyone who may want to be considered for next year’s intake.”

Closing date for applications

The closing date for applications is Friday 28 April.

Drop-in session

To give applicants the opportunity to find out more about the programme, a drop-in session is being held at Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells on Monday 24 April from 6-7pm.

More information

To find out more, contact our Senior Lead Education Officer for Professional Learning on 01835 825080 or online.