• Do you have a Degree?
  • Do you have current/recent experience in a primary school context?
  • Would you prefer to stay at home while you undertake a Teacher Education Programme?
  • Why not consider the DLITE PGDE Primary Programme (part-time, distance learning, 18 months, 18 weeks of school placement) which is offered by Highland Council in partnership with the University of Aberdeen.


  • What does this Programme offer/involve? visit the following web link –



  • The next cohort will start in January 2020.

      Applications for 2020/21 are now open

Recruitment timescale

Recruitment is taking place presently, ending in August 2019 with interviews scheduled for September/October 2019.

If you wish to apply please contact c.a.reid@abdn.ac.uk for an application form, stating that you are a Highland Local Authority enquirer. The deadline date for submission is Friday 23 August 2019.


Before applying please check that you have the necessary entry requirements.

Academic requirements:

Applicants need to meet the entry same requirements as the full time PGDE Primary course. Please refer to the University webpage as detailed in the earlier link.

Residency requirements:

Applicants MUST be living within Highland Region

Other requirements:

Competent ICT skills appropriate for engaging in online distance learning.


Selection Process

Places on the Primary DLITE programme are limited so there is a two stage application process. Applications are being considered at University level in the first instance to check qualifications. The Local Authority then completes a secondary sift of those who pass the first stage of the process.

Applicants who get through this second stage will then be invited for interview towards end of September/early October 2019.  Interviews will take place in a central Inverness location.


Local Authority Lead Tutor and Co-Tutors

In addition to the academic support offered by the tutors at the University you will also work with your local authority DLITE Lead Tutor and a number of Co-Tutors.


Your DLITE Lead Tutor will:

  • Act as the liaison between Highland students and the University of Aberdeen
  • Organise the locally based core network days
  • Organise a range of optional locally based professional learning sessions to suit the interests/needs of the Highland student group
  • Support in a pastoral role
  • Support at the Induction day (held in Aberdeen)


Co-Tutors (Local Authority development officers or classroom teachers) will:

  • Lead locally based Network Days – with a focus on curricular inputs offering practical advice and helping to connect theory into practice
  • Undertake visiting tutor role for your second school placement


Benefits for students undertaking the DLITE PGDE Primary Programme in Highland

Benefits for all successful applicants to the Programme

  • Guaranteed school placements in a school in Highland Region
  • Ability to stay at home/locally while you study and undertake placements
  • Ability to continue to work full or part-time (other than during placement weeks)
  • Access to local support provided by a DLITE Support and Development Officer
  • Provision of locally based face-to-face Network days (6 Mandatory days on Saturdays plus optional sessions on offer)
  • Guaranteed induction year job in Highland Region


Benefits for Highland Council Employees:

If you are a Council employee and are successful in being offered a place on the Programme you will:

  • Be guaranteed time off from current job for the 18 placement weeks – the relevant Service will be asked to release participants for the 18 weeks of placement (1 x 2 week block; 4 x 4 week blocks). This must be met with the applicant’s Line Manager’s approval prior to accepting a place on the course.
  • Depending on current post, appropriate cover arrangements may be put in place while on placement (participants will require to work their normal contractual hours for the duration of the DLITE Programme with the exception of placement weeks).
  • Continue to be paid during placement weeks (normal contractual pay)

School based experience – examples of things to do


Holly Ross
DLITE Support and Development Officer

Highland Council – Care and Learning

Email – Holly.Ross@highland.gov.uk