The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Registration of EU teachers in Scotland after Brexit

14 January 2020

GTC Scotland has been closely monitoring the potential impact of Brexit on our registration processes and putting measures in place to ensure we are fully prepared for whatever happens next.

As an EU Member State the UK currently has access to the Internal Market Information (IMI) database which allows us to access information about EU citizens applying for registration to teach in Scotland.

If the UK leaves the European Union on 31 January 2020 without a deal, it is likely that we will lose access to the IMI database.

We have, however, well established, rigorous processes in place to register individuals who apply for registration from outside the EU, and these rest-of-world processes can be put in place immediately for EU applicants, should we lose access to the IMI database. 

While the IMI database is a useful information-sharing platform, losing access to it will not prevent GTCS undertaking rigorous checks on overseas applicants. GTCS has for decades registered teachers from non-EU countries where no IMI database exists.

If you qualified to teach in an EU Member State you can still apply to teach in Scotland after Brexit, but the process and assessment criteria could be different.

Find out more about the process and criteria to register to teach in Scotland