GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

The profession in unprecedented times

GTC Scotland employees explain how the work they carry out on behalf of registrants has adapted to the challenge of Covid-19.

Despite the current testing conditions, GTC Scotland’s work continues, with registrants and learners at the heart of our services.

Just after lockdown began, we launched our Strategic Plan 2020-23. This describes our vision of ‘inspiring world-class teaching professionalism’ and sets out the three strategic outcomes which will guide our programmes for registrants over the next three years.

1. Upholding public trust and confidence in teaching professionals

A large part of achieving this outcome will be launching and implementing the refreshed Professional Standards. All GTC Scotland employees will have a role to play in this work whether it is by supporting the year of enactment, updating systems such as the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS) and My Professional Learning (MyPL), or engaging with registrants, local authorities and other stakeholder groups to enhance understanding of the Standards. This important work continues despite the lockdown measures with engagement taking place digitally.

The GTC Scotland Council and its Committees provide a valuable oversight function by monitoring the organisation’s progress in achieving its strategic outcomes. David Innes, who was re-elected as Council Convener at the first virtual Council meeting held in April, said: “It is truly mind-blowing to see 40 people from across the country be part of a meeting, expressing views through chat and for it all to work without any real glitches. There is no doubt that the work of GTC Scotland continues as close to business as usual as possible.”

2. Inspiring and influencing the ongoing transformation in the leadership and professional learning of teaching professionals

Much of what we aim to achieve in this outcome is rooted in professional learning. While the Professional Update sign-off for this year has been extended due to the school closures, we continue to encourage valuable professional learning with a PRD week set to take place at the end of May to help registrants create a CLPL plan that takes social distancing challenges into consideration. “Our registrants have demonstrated commitment and professionalism during the current situation but it is important to acknowledge that we will face new challenges and perhaps different priorities and working practices when schools reopen,” said David Graham, Senior Strategic Manager, Education and Professional Learning.

A different although related part of work on this outcome has already begun through our support of the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023, and the publication of our So you want to teach in Gaelic? booklet, to promote teaching through the medium of Gaelic. We will soon be gathering views from those who have an interest in this. Please take the time to respond to this survey as your feedback will 
allow us to better support you.

Our work on the ground-breaking MyPL portal has not stopped following its national roll-out. We strive to continually improve MyPL and will start to explore ways to make it easier to record learning. Registrants’ passion for learning is loud and clear; we will continue to work with our partners to create a system that supports them through their professional learning journey. Collaborative working is also the foundation of our college registration programme. We are working closely with EIS FELA, Colleges Scotland, Scottish Government and universities to develop a bespoke registration model and supportive professional services for college lecturers.

3. Delivering innovative, data-informed and high-quality accessible services to registrants and other stakeholders

GTC Scotland’s digital transformation to a new database, Atlas, is integral to this aim. Atlas will help keep registrants’ data secure and allow us to offer more efficient services to registrants. Despite the challenges of the current climate, this project is almost complete. Through Atlas, certification and information packs for prospective registrants will also being going digital, to provide more information and support at the start of the registration process.

The entire organisation has embraced digital technology over the last month as everyone continues to social distance and work from home. This only sets the tone for the next few years, as some big digital projects come to the fore. Lee Robertson, Senior Manager, Digital Services said: “More important now than ever, is our continued work on improving the infrastructure, resilience and data reporting capabilities of the organisation to offer even better services to registrants.”


The full Strategic Plan 2020-2023 is available on our website in both Gaelic and English.