The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Investment in services for registrants highlighted in GTCS annual report

GTC Scotland has published its Annual Report 2018–19

A key focus of work over the past year has been improving the reach, quality and efficiency of services for registrants and the wider public. To this end two new Development Officers were appointed to engage with local authorities, registrants, parent bodies and other education users across Scotland to increase understanding and awareness about the role of GTC Scotland.

Read the annual report in English

Read the annual report in Gaelic

The past year has seen investment in GTC Scotland’s headquarters, Clerwood House, by carrying out essential maintenance, upgrading the working environment, and improving IT infrastructure. Considerable resources were invested to provide stable, intuitive and useful online services for registrants. This has resulted in improvement to our server which is now operational 99.78% of the time, while also supporting a 63.5% increase in users on our website (912,283 which includes new and returning visits) compared to the same period in 2017.  This work will continue over the years ahead as we further improve our systems.  

Work continues with partners across Scottish education to promote teaching as a career choice and to explore new and innovative routes into the teaching profession. Over 2018–19 a review of the Memorandum on Entry Requirements for Initial Teacher Education programmes in Scotland, found that Scotland has high and rigorous entry requirements.

The Annual Report also looks back on the successes of 2018–19, including reaching the fifth anniversary of Professional Update, meaning every registrant has now experienced a Professional Update sign-off period.

Over the reporting period, work has been ongoing on refreshing the Professional Standards and the Code of Professionalism and Conduct. A consultation on the refreshed Standards and new Code closes on 20 December.