The General Teaching Council for Scotland

PRD launches nationwide

Culture of trust and school readiness key to high-quality professional review and development

GTC Scotland is proud to officially launch the revised Professional Review and Development (PRD) Guidelines which have been shaped and created by the profession, for the profession. The guidelines have been reviewed in collaboration with teachers and headteachers who spoke about their experiences and needs and includes analysis of current literature to identify good practice.

Fostering a culture of trust within schools, and ensuring all schools are ready to undertake PRD is key to teachers being able to develop their professional learning.

GTC Scotland Chief Executive and Registrar, Ken Muir, said the content of the new guidelines reflects how far the teaching profession has developed in the last five years: “The guidelines launched in 2014 were heavily focused on how teachers should engage with PU.

“It is interesting that five years on, PU is embedded in teachers’ professional learning, so much so that the new guidelines can focus on taking PRD to the next level by identifying key features required for a high-quality professional learning experience.

“We are pleased to launch these guidelines and encourage everyone to embrace their roles and responsibilities to ensure PRD has a positive impact for all.”

What’s in the revised guidelines?

There is a strong emphasis on schools being ready and prepared for high-quality PRD, as well as there being a robust culture and climate of trust. The use of coaching conversations to support and challenge reviewees as they consider and reflect on their professional learning and next steps, is highlighted as instrumental in ensuring teachers are empowered as agents of change. A section titled ‘Entitlement for All’ discusses the importance of every teacher accessing their entitlement to PRD, including headteachers and supply teachers. There is also emphasis on recognising the time constraints on teachers, with a call to employers to review policies to ensure that PRD focuses on the professional learning conversations rather than overburdening paperwork.

A collaborative process

 The guidelines were developed by GTC Scotland in collaboration with a Steering Group which included representatives from Scottish Government; Education Scotland; the teacher trade unions; Scottish Council of Independent Schools; Scottish Council of Deans of Education; Professional Learning Network; and the Association of Directors of Education.

Senior Education Officer at GTC Scotland, Sharon Smith said the guidelines aim to support teachers to fully engage in PRD, within a culture and climate of trust. “We have listened to teachers from across Scotland and have endeavoured to address identified issues around PRD. We now hope that teachers and schools stop and reflect about their own contexts and their own understanding of PRD. Hopefully, using the recommendations within the revised guidelines and the resources we have provided, we can move towards unlocking the full potential of PRD for all.”

Read the revised PRD Guidelines