All probationer teachers (2,386) who completed the TIS in 2015-16 were included in the survey. 237 completed the online questionnaire, a response rate of 9.9%.
The number of primary and secondary probationer teachers from session 2015-16 who completed the on-line questionnaire was:
- primary 139 (59%)
- secondary 98 (41%).
Graph 1 – the percentage of primary and secondary
Probationer teachers were asked to select the university they attended for ITE to give an overview of the geographical distribution of probationer teachers, table 2. The relative percentage of probationer teachers broadly corresponds to the overall percentage of student teachers graduating from each ITE provider.
Table 2- University attended for Initial Teacher Education
|University attended||Response Percentage|
|University of Aberdeen||13.8%|
|University of Dundee||8.3%|
|University of Edinburgh||14.2%|
|University of Glasgow||20.8%|
|University of Stirling||2.9%|
|University of Strathclyde||27.5%|
|University of the Highlands and Islands||1.7%|
|University of the West of Scotland||10.8%|
The geographical distribution of probationer teachers in local authorities for the TIS placement for the probationer teacher cohort session 2015-16 was also collected. The detailed breakdown by local authority can be found in Appendix 2, data table 24.
Survey participants were requested to supply some brief details about their gender, age and registration category. Table 3, shows those demographics for the probationer teachers from session 2015-16.
Table 3 Probationer teachers by gender and age range
|Gender||Sector||Total number||Age profile|
|Prefer not to say||Primary||0||0||0||0||0|
Data relating to disability and protected characteristics was also gathered to help identify or gain insights into any possible issues that may arise for individuals.
A number of respondents (n=6) declared themselves to have a disability.
Of the 10 who declared protected characteristics, these were reported as follows:
- Disability (1)
- Prefer not to say (4)
- Other (5).
A total of four semi-structured interviews were conducted with a total of 24 probationer supporters. The semi-structured interviews involved probationer supporters from the following local authorities.
- Aberdeen City Council
- Aberdeenshire Council
- Clackmannanshire/Stirling Council
- Falkirk Council
- West Dunbartonshire Council.
Local authority probation managers
In the eight focus groups, 28 local authorities were represented from the 32 local authorities across Scotland, giving a response rate of 87.5%.