The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965



External Consultations

When it is appropriate, we respond to external consultations in relation to the teaching profession in Scotland and education in general.

Find out what external consultations we have responded to:

Our Consultations

This consultation page is used to invite comments on what we are doing. You will find out about, and can participate in, current consultations and will also be able to see the results of past consultations, together with our response to any comments received as part of that exercise.

We are committed to working with teachers, members of the public, including parents, children and young people, and all stakeholders with an interest in Scottish education and the work of GTC Scotland in maintaining and improving professional standards. Through consultations we invite your views when we are planning new areas of work or proposing to change the way we do things. We always welcome suggestions for improving the way we carry out our work.

You can view all of our consultations below:

Consultation on Fitness to Teach Rules

We are consulting on proposed new Fitness to Teach Rules to replace our existing Fitness to Teach Appeals Rules which were put in place in 2012.

The Fitness to Teach Rules set out the procedure that is followed when we investigate and determine the fitness to teach of our registered teachers or applicants for registration. We follow this process when we receive information that indicates that a teacher may have fallen short of the standards of conduct or professional competence that we expect.

The changes proposed aim to update our procedures with a view to streamlining them, making them quicker and making them more targeted towards addressing risk of harm. We have also tried to write the proposed new Rules in a simpler way so that they are more accessible and reflect best current practice.

We want to maintain confidence in teachers and GTCS with the protection of the public remaining at the centre of what we do. Our aim is to achieve new procedures that are effective, proportionate, transparent consistent and sensitive to those involved.

Who should read this?

The consultation raises important issues about the way that we deal with and determine whether teacher are fit to teach. We welcome views from everyone and want to encourage as much debate as possible about this important matter. The consultation is relevant not just to teachers and employers of teachers but also the parents or carers of pupils and other members of the public.

Start date: 29 September 2016

End date: 29 November 2016

After the consultation

We'll publish our response in early 2017.

Please ensure that you have read the accompanying information in the "documents relating to this consultation" section below, and thought about your responses to the questions we have posed before proceeding to complete the response form.

Documents relating to this consultation:

Respond to the consultation

Please ensure that you have read the accompanying information in the "documents relating to this consultation" section above, which includes the questions that will be asked of you in the online response form, and thought about your responses to the questions we have posed, before proceeding to complete the response form

Respond to the consultation: Fitness to Teach Process Consultation