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Probation process

Your induction year should follow a structured process. Each part of this process is a building block in developing your probation profile, which you will use to evidence that you are meeting the Standard for Full Registration.

All information gathered throughout your probation service should be documented in your profile.

August to December

Your first task is to set up supporter meetings. At an early meeting you should draw up an action plan for your professional development and also select an initial focus for your Professional Learning. The action plan is based on your final ITE profile.

We recommend that you have a supporter meeting every week. Meetings should have a focus directly linked to your Initial Professional Development Action Plan (IPDAP).

There should also be regular observed teaching sessions. We recommend that you have a minimum of five sessions during this term.

You will use your probation profile to record your:

  • timetable
  • Professional Learning experiences
  • supporter meetings
  • observed teaching sessions
  • Professional Development Action Plan (PDAP).

Interim profile completion

All of the information and evidence gathered from August to December will form the basis of your interim profile. Your interim profile will be submitted to us in December. Please contact your local authority probation manager for the exact date.

If your recommendation is "Satisfactory", you will be given access to your final profile. If the recommendation is "Unsatisfactory" or "Cause for Concern", you will be given access to a second interim profile, which should be completed and submitted at Easter. Please contact your local authority probation manager for the exact date. You will then be given access to your final profile.

January to June

You will continue documenting your personal development for the second part of the year using your probation profile.

You will continue to have supporter meetings, observed teaching sessions and take part in various Professional Learning experiences.

Final profile completion

Information and evidence gathered since January will form the basis of your final profile. Your final profile will be submitted to us in May/June. Please contact your local authority probation manager for the exact date.

ARTICLES

Surviving your probation year

Starting out checklists

CONTACTS

Professional Learning and Development Department
T: +44 (0)131 314 6000
E: pld@gtcs.org.uk