What does GTCS do?
GTCS carries out a wide range of statutory functions and initiatives to promote, support and develop the professional learning of teachers. Our functions include:
- Maintaining a register of teachers in Scotland
- Setting the Professional Standards expected of all teachers
- Accrediting programmes leading to the award of GTCS Standards, including Initial Teacher Education programmes at Scottish universities
- Advising the Scottish Government on matters relating to Scotland’s teachers and teacher professionalism
- Providing public protection and assuring the high quality of the teaching profession by investigating and adjudicating on the Fitness to Teach of registrants through robust and fair regulation processes
- Supporting the successful operation of the Teacher Induction Scheme which provides a guaranteed one-year full-time probationer post to every eligible student graduating with a teaching qualification from one of Scotland's universities
- Managing and signing off teachers’ Professional Update which confirms that they have engaged in ongoing professional learning and reflected against the appropriate GTCS Professional Standards
- Providing a dedicated MyGTCS online account to all registrants, enabling them to log their professional learning and access a range of support tools
- As part of MyGTCS, developing MyProfessionalLearning which is a national e-portfolio for all teachers to support and develop their professional learning
- Operating and promoting the Professional Recognition initiative which supports teachers’ expertise and experience and which accredits professional learning
- Operating and maintaining the Student Placement System which is an IT systems used to place students undertaking Initial Teacher Education courses in schools
Promoting and supporting the profession through a range of seminars, conferences, and research
We work hard to strike the appropriate balance between our role as a regulator of the teaching profession and our work to develop the professional learning of teachers; we believe that these roles complement one another and are in the long-term interests of our children and young people.
We offer a range of support services to teachers, including three informative websites and Teaching Scotland magazine, which issues five times a year to everyone on the teaching register.
We host regular events, including our National Lecture, which brings inspirational speakers to the profession, and on a weekly basis our staff attend seminars and conferences across the country leading sessions and answering questions about our work.