SCOTTISH Borders Council is looking to hear from graduates currently living in the Borders who would be interested gaining a qualification that would allow them to gain GTCS registration as primary or secondary teacher.

Alongside opportunities to train to teach in the primary sector, the secondary courses offered are Biology with Science, Business Education, Chemistry with Science, Computing Science, English, Home Economics, Mathematics, Physics with Science and Technological Education. 

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The council is particularly interested in recruiting to English, Mathematics, Computing, Physics and Technological Education this year.

An Honours degree at 2:2 or above is preferred as the programme sits at Honours and Masters levels. Applicants must also hold National 5 Mathematics and Higher English (or accepted equivalents).

At secondary level, there are some additional specific entry guidelines for individual subjects.

The programme is full time for one year with students required to carry out online, collaborative and individual study, interspersed with school placements.

School placements will be within the Scottish Borders and students will have access to local and UHI tutor support.

Upon completion of the programme, students will apply for the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme to be offered a year’s probationary teacher position in a Scottish Borders school.

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They will then be entitled to apply for posts within the local authority.

The closing date for applications for the August 2023 academic year is January 25 2023.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more is invited to attend the following drop-in sessions at Inspire Learning: Tweedbank on:     Wednesday 23 November, 5-6pm or   Tuesday 29 November, 6-7pm

To find out more and to get details on how to access the sessions, email: or phone 01896 664161.

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Councillor Leagh Douglas, Executive Member for Education and Young People, said: “This programme is a really exciting and innovative way for anyone with a relevant degree to become part of an extremely forward thinking, ambitious Education Service, that is committed to delivering high quality learning opportunities for the benefit of all our children, young people and staff. 

“Our world-class Inspire Learning programme is just one example of that commitment, harnessing the latest technology, curriculum innovation, new learning environments and high quality professional development to ensure that learning across our region is mobile, personal, collaborative and excellent.

“I would encourage anyone who wants to join us and be part of our vision to get in touch. The drop in sessions are an ideal starting point as you’ll be able to speak to not only members of our schools team but also students who have already taken part in and benefitted from the programme.”

Information is also available on the UHI website: or from the Council’s Quality Improvement Officer on 01896 664161.