The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

International study on professional standards


Teachers across Scotland are invited to participate in an international study on Professional Standards for teaching.

This research will help to inform the forthcoming review of the Professional Standards in Scotland.

The first phase of the study is being conducted in Portugal, Scotland and Russia. The study is being led by Dr Margery McMahon, University of Glasgow, Dr Maria Assunção Flores, University of Minho, Portugal and Professor Roza Valeeva, Kazan Federal University, Russia.

The three education systems involved in the first stage of this multi-country study offer contrasting perspectives as they are at different stages in the use of professional standards: a nascent model in Russia  (where the professional standard for teaching adopted in 2013 has been implemented from January 2017); a consolidated model in Scotland with a professional continuum made up of a suite of five professional standards; and a more fragile model in Portugal, where professional standards which were introduced in 2010 were essentially rejected and abandoned after only two years by the new government, elected in 2011.

A key focus of this research study is to investigate teachers’ understandings of the purpose and use of professional standards, their role in advancing their professional learning and development, and the role teachers can play in the design of professional standards.

The Professional Standards for Teaching survey is now live.

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