The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965


Welcome to GTCS

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) was one of the first teaching councils in the world when it was set up in 1965. In 2012, legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament made it the world's first independent, self-regulating body for teaching.

Professional Standards

Professional Standards

The GTCS suite of Professional Standards have been revised and provide a framework for teachers to examine, inform, and continually develop their thinking and practice.

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Qualified Outside Scotland

We have produced a range of useful information about the requirements for registration.

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Teacher Journey

Teacher Journey

Use our interactive Teacher Journey infographic to assist you as you navigate through a career in teaching.

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Search the register

Search the Register

Members of the public and local authority employers have a right to access the register to verify a teacher's registration status and to confirm that they are suitably qualified and fit to teach.

GTCS is implementing new Fitness to Teach Rules, which will come into force on 21 August 2017.
GTCS has accredited a new model of ITE developed by University of Dundee.


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