The General Teaching Council for Scotland

GTC Scotland takes responsibility for college lecturers’ Professional Standards

10 December 2019

The General Teaching Council for Scotland has been given responsibility for Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges by the Scottish Government.

The modernised set of Professional Standards, developed in partnership with GTC Scotland, were launched by College Development Network (CDN) in November 2018, on behalf of Scottish Government.

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The Standards firmly embed the importance of digital approaches in learning, teaching and assessment and for the first time, include the professional values of a lecturer in Scotland’s colleges.

The transfer of the Professional Standards is the latest stage in the programme to register college lecturers with GTC Scotland, which arose from the National Joint Negotiating Committee settlement agreement of 2017.

Further Education Minister Richard Lochhead said: “Our ambition is to provide Scotland’s colleges with an adaptive, engaged and professionalised workforce, with a focus on developing good practice, co-ordination and partnership working across the whole education system. The transfer of ownership of Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges to the General Teaching Council for Scotland supports these aims.”

Ken Muir, Chief Executive and Registrar of GTC Scotland and Chair of the College Lecturer Registration Working Group, said: “The transfer of the Professional Standards to GTC Scotland is another important step in acknowledging the professionalism of lecturers and their ongoing commitment to professional learning. We look forward to working with partners across the college sector to offer lecturers a suite of services to support their ongoing professional development.’

Further information

GTC Scotland plans to review the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges in early 2020 as part of the College Lecturer Registration Working Group (CLRWG).

CLRWG including representatives from GTCS, EIS FELA, Colleges Scotland, Scottish Government and universities offering the Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) has been working on the development of a bespoke registration model for college lecturers since early 2019. Two key sub-groups have been set up to help develop pathways to registration for lecturers.