Professional Recognition for Scots Language Teaching

For the first time ever, teachers were awarded Professional Recognition for Scots Language Teaching by the General Teaching Council for Scotland. The awards were presented at the Scottish Parliament to twelve teachers on 22nd February 2011 before an invited audience of MSPs and guests from all sectors of Scottish education.

The teachers awarded were:


Katrina Lucas, Primary, Falkirk
Caroline Stein, Primary, Falkirk
Rhona Craig, Primary, Fife
Gillian Bell, Primary, South Ayrshire
Laura Brandon, Primary, Edinburgh
Laura Smart, Primary, Dundee
Muriel Angus, Primary, West Lothian
Anne White, Primary, West Lothian
Lois Cassidy, Primary, Falkirk
Gillin Anderson, Secondary, Falkirk
Anne McKinnon, Secondary, West Dunbartonshire
Elaine Webster, Scottish Language Dictionaries

Itchy Coo Education Director and Secretary of CPG Scots Education Subc-ommittee, Matthew Fitt, who had been offering advice over a number of years on the Scots language in education to the General Teaching Council for Scotland, was extremely proud that so many teachers have been recognised in this way. Matthew said 'I hope this signifies the beginning of greater professionalisation of the teaching of Scots in Scottish schools.'

The GTCS is encouraging more teachers from across Scotland to apply for Professional Recognition for Scots Language Teaching. More information and application forms are available from the GTCS website here.

Awarded teachers with Tony Finn CEO of GTCS, M. Fitt of Itchy Coo and Maureen Watt MSP
Matthew Fitt of Itchy Coo

 Caroline Stein with T. Finn and M. Watt MSP

For more photographs access GTCS flickr here.