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Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is a new professional learning programme for recently qualified teachers in the first four years of their career post probation. It is being developed in partnership between Education Scotland and GTC Scotland, together with post-probation teachers. 

This programme allows participants to choose from a variety of professional learning opportunities, including online workshops, webinars and networking.

The professional learning opportunities will all link into the GTC Scotland Standards for Registration and cover themes such as coaching, mentoring and an introduction to the Scottish education system. More themes will arise as the programme develops based upon participants' needs.

The programme is flexible - there is no minimum or maximum limit to the number of opportunities participants should undertake.

Programme structure

Stepping Stones consists of a suite of learning opportunities which take place throughout the academic year. There will be a range of options to choose from including online workshops, online professional learning activities (PLAs) and webinars.  

The programme will also feature a series of 'Blethers' – these are virtual events which provide a safe space where you can connect and discuss issues you’re working through, share resources and highlight interesting practice. 

The programme will open with a launch webinar on 10 September 2020. 

What are the benefits?

This programme will allow newly qualified teachers to connect with colleagues across Scotland and their local authority. As this is a new programme, professional learning and support will evolve across key areas as identified by the participants.   

Who is it for?

Stepping Stones is designed for all teachers in their first year following probation. Teachers who are in their second, third, and fourth year post-probation and are looking for professional learning and development are also welcome to register. 

Duration and key dates

The programme will run from September 2020 to June 2021. Dates of the professional learning opportunities are listed below.  

Launch webinar

Event series

  • 7 October, 16.00-17.00: Workshop 1 - Additional Support for Learning - register here
  • 2 November, 16.00-17.00: Coffee-catch-up 
  • 11 November, 16.00-17.00: Blether 1 - Additional Support for Learning
  • 19 November, 16.00-17.00: Workshop 2 - Assessment
  • 2 December, 16.00-17.00: Coffee-catch-up
  • 10 December, 16.00-17.00: Blether 2 - Assessment


How is the programme delivered?

The programme will be delivered online. You will require a login for the Professional Learning and Leadership website to gain access to the professional learning opportunities.


If you would like to participate in the Stepping Stones professional learning programme, please complete this registration form.