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'ANOTHER McCRONE MILESTONE REACHED ON PROBATIONERS'

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The fact that places have been found for all primary teacher probationers who want to join the Teacher Induction Sc...
The fact that places have been found for all primary teacher probationers who want to join the Teacher Induction Scheme - the scheme that guarantees a one year training post to students leaving teacher training institutions from this year - means that another another significant aspect of the McCrone deal is now in place says Cosla.

Cosla also took the opportunity to reiterate that McCrone is both a national and local priority and is a good example of the way in which local government is working in partnership with the executive.

Cosla's education spokesperson Helen Law said: 'I am absolutely delighted with today's news on probationers which is a major step forward and signifies that another of the milestones of this historic deal, agreed at the outset, has been met.

'Previously probationers received a terrible deal, taking around three and a half years to achieve full registration in a variety of schools. Now they will have a structured one-year training post, with seventy-five per being allocated their first choice of local authority area. It is a fantastic deal for all of us involved.

'It is further evidence of the improvements that have been made to the education system in Scotland thanks to the McCrone agreement. Implementing the deal goes on and we are working well with the teaching unions and the Executive and week-by-week at our tri-partite meetings things are progressing.

'Once again I have to say that, considering the complexities and despite the best efforts of some, I think that the deal has been implemented extremely well.'

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