The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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Why get involved in the Council?

We asked a number of people currently serving on GTC Scotland’s Council why they became involved. Here are some of their thoughts

 

Derek Thompson

DEREK THOMPSON
CONVENER

"It actually gives you a far wider perspective of what is happening in Scottish education. It gives you a voice nationally and gives you the chance to have an influence far beyond the school where you work. It's fascinating to get to understand how GTCS at a national level supports teaching."

 

Dorothy FergusonDOROTHY FERGUSON
VICE CONVENER

"The children and young people of our country are the future and we have to do our best for them. The teachers who are preparing these youngsters need our support and we need to provide this and maintain standards."

 

 

Ian JacksonIAN JACKSON
FINANCE AND GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE

"You'll meet a range of different people, whether you're at the beginning of your career or at the end. There's sometimes a reluctance from somebody young to get involved with these types of things, but whether you are in the first or the 41st year of your career, you have a valid perspective to contribute."

 

Edith SwinleyEDITH SWINLEY
PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY ASSURANCE COMMITTEE

"It's really important to know just what the council of the profession's regulatory body does. I don't think many teachers know the extent of work the GTCS does and how it impacts teachers throughout their careers. Professionally, I've gained so much knowledge from being involved."

 

David McCueDAVID MCCUE
LAY COUNCIL MEMBER

"One's voice is always heard and acted upon; there is no snobbery involved. Being a lay member is a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. I'd say if I can do it, others can do it. Muck in, express your voice, challenge and help to make a difference for the future."

 

If you’d like to become involved in the Council, find out more:

www.gtcs.org.uk/election

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Editor contact: Evelyn Wilkins teachingscotland@gtcs.org.uk


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