Teacher Induction

Rachel Shanks*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Scotland’s Teacher Induction Scheme, which covers new teachers in the state sector, was introduced in 2002, before which there was a two-year probation period. This chapter covers: teacher probation prior to 2002; the components of the Teacher Induction Scheme; allocation of induction year teachers; the Standard for Full Registration; support and professional learning; and tensions in the scheme, namely mentors’ dual support and assessment roles, the vulnerable position of induction year teachers and the role of universities in teacher induction. While there have been some minor changes to the Teacher Induction Scheme and the Flexible Route (originally called the Alternative Route) to Registration there has not been an official review or overhaul since their introduction in 2002. Therefore, the chapter concludes with suggestions on possible future developments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeacher Preparation in Scotland
EditorsRachel Shanks
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
ISBN (Print)9781839094811
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameEmerald Studies in Teacher Preparation in National and Global Contexts
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited


  • teacher induction
  • flexible route
  • induction
  • induction mentors
  • probation

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    Shanks, R. (Accepted/In press). Teacher Induction. In R. Shanks (Ed.), Teacher Preparation in Scotland (Emerald Studies in Teacher Preparation in National and Global Contexts). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd..