The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965


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 our Election Scheme


On 15 December 2016, we published a consultation on proposed revisions to the GTCS Council election process as outlined in the GTCS Election Scheme, last reviewed in June 2014. Our consultation was publicised on our website, thorough our social media channels and was also highlighted to our key stakeholders by email. The consultation closed on 2 February 2017.

The GTCS Election Scheme (the Scheme) outlines the process to be followed in the election of registered teachers to the Council membership. The 2015-2016 GTCS Council Election was trialled as the first-ever solely online election. Feedback on the online process was largely positive and as a result, we have decided that all future elections will be conducted in this way. We want to maintain confidence in GTCS as continuously looking at ways in which we can improve the way we do things. Our aim is to see a simplified nomination process which will make elections more accessible for all.

The response document below summarises the key points arising from the consultation and the changes being made to the Scheme. The updated version of the Scheme is now available on our website and will be used in the 2017-2018 GTCS Council Election.

Documents resulting from this consultation:

Documents relating to this consultation:

Consultation on Fitness to Teach Rules

This consultation is now closed. We'll publish our response in early 2017.

Documents relating to this consultation:


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: