About GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) was one of the first teaching councils in the world when it was set up in 1965. In 2012, legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament made it the world's first independent, self-regulating body for teaching.

GTCS is governed by a Council made up of 19 elected teachers, 11 nominees from stakeholder groups and seven appointed lay members. Council members serve for four years and election/ reappointment processes take place every two years when half of the members step down. The Council sets GTCS policy.

Our Values

At GTCS we have a shared set of values that speak for who we are, how we work and how we want to be seen as a national educational organisation. Our values were chosen by GTCS Council members and staff. We agreed that incorporating these values in our day-to-day work would contribute to making GTCS a modern and effective organisation that is a positive influence on education in Scotland. Our values are:

  • Fairness
  • Integrity
  • Trust and Respect
  • Professionalism
  • Sustainability

We respect these values in our day-to-day work and in our interaction with one another and stakeholders. We endeavour to:

  • Have fairness at the heart of everything we do
  • Act with integrity in all of our work
  • Have trust and respect for each other and our stakeholders
  • Act professionally at all times
  • Encourage sustainable practices in our work

Strategic Objectives

We work closely with our partners and stakeholders in order to achieve all of our strategic objectives.

1. Act in the public interest to ensure confidence in our registrants
2. Set standards and promote high-quality professional learning for registrants at all stages of their careers
3. Strengthen our role in enhancing professionalism in education
4. Continue to improve our organisational effectiveness and capability

Stakeholder Engagement Research

The GTCS Corporate Management Team agreed to commission in-depth research into stakeholder perceptions of the organisation. This was viewed as timely; GTCS was approaching its 50th year; there was a new Chief Executive; and there had been a number of significant policy developments such as the Derek Sturridge legal case at the Court of Session which impacted registration practices; and the implementation of Professional Update amongst others.

The Corporate Management Team agreed that undertaking such research would support good governance in the public interest and allow the organisation to address any issues raised by its findings. In Autumn 2014 and following a tender exercise involving two other research companies, GTCS commissioned Why? Research to carry out a major stakeholder engagement project on its behalf. Why? Research gathered views from 1,002 members of the public; 4,487 teachers; 72 GTCS staff/Council members/Appeals Board members etc; and 41 individuals from stakeholder organisations. Read the full report.

How is the registration fee spent?

Pie chart of how is the registration fee is spent