The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965


About us

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.

The Council is supported in its work by an experienced and dedicated Management Team who are responsible for our strategic direction.

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.

We have prepared a Gaelic translation of our about us, available at Mu ar dèidhinn.


For generic enquiries, please contact:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000


Meet the Management Team

We have an experienced and dedicated management team who are responsible for our strategic direction.

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We invite views from teachers, members of the public, and all stakeholders with an interest in Scottish education when we propose changing the way we work.

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Equality and Diversity

We promote equality and diversity because we respect and value difference and we want to ensure that all of our policies and services are free from discrimination.

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We are committed to maintaining a high standard of service when carrying out our functions and we welcome your feedback. We want to hear from you if we have done something well or could do something better.

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