The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

8 Mar 2017

#1minPL - About Professional Update

Charlaine SimpsonCharlaine Simpson, Senior Education Officer

 The key principles of Professional Update for teachers are:

  • A responsibility to consider their development needs.
  • An entitlement to a system of support professional review and development.
  • Confirmation that they have maintained the high standards required of a teacher in Scotland’s educational establishments.

As part of this process, teachers in Scotland are required to engage in professional learning, self-evaluate this learning using the Professional Standards, and maintain a record of this learning using their online profile on MyGTCS.

Importantly, Professional Update is an ongoing process, which includes the following elements:

  • An annual update of your details held on the register by GTC Scotland including checking your personal and employment details are up to date
  • Engagement in ongoing professional learning
  • Self-evaluation against the appropriate GTC Scotland Professional Standard(s)
  • Discussion of this engagement and the impact of this, as part of the PRD process
  • Maintain a reflective professional learning record and associated evidence of impact
  • 5-yearly confirmation of this engagement to GTC Scotland (Professional Update sign-off process).

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About Professional Update