The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Consultation responses

From time to time we are asked to offer our thoughts and opinions on specific governmental consultations which relate to the education profession.

Not all of the consultations we respond to have a direct correlation to teaching and teachers in Scotland but each one has been invaluable to the profession as a whole.

We have responded to amendments and proposed changes to regulations, calls for evidence and proposed parliamentary bills. On this page you will be able to view our response to each of the consultations.

Consultation on the Possibility of Secondary Probationer Teachers Achieving Full Registration in Two Subjects

Response Date: 10 June 2015

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

The national consultation on the possibility of probationer teachers achieving full registration in two Secondary subjects during the probationary period showed strong support for the proposal from all partner groups. Council approved the summary of the consultation and the recommendation to proceed at its meeting of June 2015. A link to a version of the paper presented to Council is given below. Work has now begun to make the proposal a reality for the next intake to PGDE courses in August 2016, and the facility will be available for the Teacher Induction Scheme and Flexible Route from August 2017. Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation.

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Consultation response on the Strategic Priorities of Education Scotland 2013-16

Response Date: 16 November 2012

Education Scotland

This paper is our response to the Education Scotland’s corporate plan which is looking to improve educational outcomes for children and adults in Scotland through strong partnerships.

Our response answered questions on the following areas:

National Outcomes
Education Scotland Objectives

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Consultation response on amendments to the induction regulations in Wales

Response Date: 24 May 2012

Welsh Government

This paper is our response to the Welsh Government's consultation document which sets out the proposals for the new induction regulations for newly qualified teachers in Wales.

Our response answered questions on the following areas:

Periods of employment that count towards induction
Supervision and assessment against the practising teacher standards
Teachers who qualify outside the European Economic Area/Switzerland
Draft induction guidance

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Consultation response on call for evidence by the Commission on school reform

Response Date: 27 April 2012

Reform Scotland

This paper is our response to the call for evidence by the Commission on school reform.

Our response answered questions on the following areas:

Strengths of education in scotland
Areas for improvement

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Consultation response to Scottish Parliament Petition PE1409

Response Date: 25 January 2012

Scottish Parliament

This paper is our response to the Scottish Parliament Petition PE1409.

Our response answered questions on the following areas:

Professional Knowledge and Understanding
Professional Skills and Abilities
Professional Values and Personal Commitment

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Consultation response on qualifications regulations for school teachers in Wales

Response Date: 25 January 2012

Welsh Government

This paper is our response to the Welsh Government's consultation proposal to introduce an updated replacement for the Education (School Teachers' Qualifications) (Wales) Regulations 2004.

Our response answered questions on the following areas:

Proposal to require that the period of practical teaching experience for
     those qualifying as a teacher on initial teacher training courses in Wales
     would need to be undertaken wholly or mainly in a school or other
     educational institution (except a pupil referral unit) in Wales

Replacing the provision in the Education (School Teachers' Qualifications)
      (Wales) Regulations 2004

Proposal to have an effective requirement of having to have worked 60
     days in an educational institution in Scotland

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Consultation response on Putting Learners at the Centre

Response Date: 23 December 2011

The Scottish Government

This paper is our response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Putting Learners at the Centre.

Our response answered questions on the following areas:

Efficient, flexible learner journeys
Widening access to post-16 learning
Maintaining Scotland as a global leader in university research
Effective and sustainable delivery
Simplification of the funding system and income generation
Performance, governance and accountability

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Consultation response to the proposed changes to the newly qualified teacher induction regulations for England

Response Date: 30 November 2011

Department for Education

This paper is our response to the Department for Education's consultation on the proposed changes to the newly qualified teacher induction regulations for England.

Our response answered questions on the following areas:

Location for induction
Establishing a new body for academies and free schools
Retention of current statutory guidance

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Consultation response to the Rights of Children and Young People Bill

Response Date: 30 November 2011

The Scottish Government

This paper is our response to the Scottish Government's consultation on the Rights of Children and Young People Bill.

Our response answered questions on the following areas:

On the need for legislation
Proposals 1-4

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Consultation response to proposed changes to teacher disciplinary and induction regulations following the abolition of GTC England

Response Date: 11 October 2011

Department for Education

This paper is our response to the Department for Education's consultation on proposed changes to teacher disciplinary and induction regulations following the abolition of GTC England.

Our response answered questions on the following areas:

Terminology of the new regulatory system
Proposals for investigating misconduct referrals
Professional standards within the disciplinary process
Proposals for the proceedings of professional conduct hearings

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Consultation response to children's workforce in Scotland

Response Date: 28 September 2011

The Scottish Government

This paper is our response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Children's workforce in Scotland.

Our response answered questions on the following areas:

Proposal on the common core
Sound observation, judgement and decision making
Appropriate and effective communication
Effective partnership and multi-agency working
Implementation of the proposed Common Core

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USEFUL LINKS

Along with responding to external consultations, we like to invite comments on particular areas of our work.

View our consultations to see what we have been consulting on:

Our Consultations