IN THIS SECTION
Make your mark by voting
Ballot papers will be sent out by post by 13 January 2014. Candidate election statements are now available.
GTC Scotland is governed by a Council of 37 members. This includes 19 elected registered teachers, 11 educational stakeholder nominees and seven appointed by an independent Appointments Committee.
Nominations to fill eight of the 19 elected registered teacher seats on the independent GTC Scotland Council with effect from 2 April 2014 closed on 23 September 2013. 11 candidates are standing for election to the Council. You can read the candidates' election statements in advance of receiving your ballot papers.
What will happen next?
"GTCS has a real opportunity to influence the future direction of education in Scotland, not least in relation to Professional Update. If this can be implemented properly, then it can help to give shape and focus to that process of reflection which lies at the heart of the teacher's work."
Ian Anderson, Headteacher, Bellahouston Academy
Elected Headteacher member; Convener of Flexible Route to Headship Professional Interview Panel; Member of Investigation Panel
A ballot paper will be sent to those eligible to vote based on the election/voting category held against their name on our register on 4 December 2013. You should receive your ballot paper by post by 13 January 2014 .
This will be accompanied by a document containing details of all the candidates and their election statements in that particular category. Your ballot paper will tell you the election category you are allowed to vote in. It will also contain information on how to vote online or by post.
If you have not received your ballot paper by 22 January 2014, please contact Lisa Dobie. Don't miss out on your vote.
The ballot paper will:
- give the relevant website address where you can vote online
- contain a two-part security code number unique to the teacher to whom it has been sent. You will require to enter both parts of the security code number in order to gain access to the voting page on the relevant website.
The website will then give clear instructions on how to select the chosen candidates and submit the vote.
The online voting service will be available 24 hours a day until 12 noon on Wednesday 5 February 2014.
The electronic votes are received by Electoral Reform Services, the Independent Scrutineer.
Voting by Post
A pre-paid envelope will be enclosed for the return of the ballot paper by post to Electoral Reform Services, the Independent Scrutineer.
Ballot papers must be received by the Independent Scrutineer no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 5 February 2014.
What do you need to do?
"GTCS is integral in supporting and developing staff in the implementation of CfE and is making a real effort to actually listen to and act on the views of teachers - as was seen through the recent consultations on the Standards and the ongoing pilots of Professional Update."
Jason Fitzgerald, Depute Head Teacher, Westhill Academy
Elected Teacher member; Convener of Education Committee; Member of Executive Committee
Your vote is important. Voting for your preferred candidates to serve in your category on the Council will have a significant impact on shaping the future of teaching and the teaching profession in Scotland.
The Council has an important role to play in the development of Scottish education and the careers of teachers, and ensuring high quality learning and teaching for children and young people in Scotland.
Those elected will have an opportunity to build on the excellent work of the current Council in:
- taking forward the development and implementation of a fully supportive system of Professional Update for teachers in Scotland
- promoting teacher professionalism and accomplished teaching
- contributing to the development of policy in relation to ongoing national issues such as Curriculum for Excellence and Teaching Scotland's Future (as they impact on professional standards in teaching)
- ensuring that GTC Scotland continues to maintain and improve high standards in the regulation of the teaching profession.
Eligibility to Vote
For the purpose of the election, the Returning Officer forms a roll of electors comprising the names and addresses of registered teachers who have paid the GTC Scotland registration fee required for the current year. It is a requirement of the Election Scheme that all teachers on the register must be allocated to an election/voting category.
Your election/voting category can be found if you log into your MyGTCS account. Wednesday 4 December 2013 was the closing date for ensuring that you are in the correct election/voting category for voting in the election.
- An elector must be a teacher whose name is on the GTCS register on 4 December 2013.
- An elector is eligible to vote only in the election/voting category entered against the elector's name in the register at the qualifying date of 4 December 2013.
- A teacher who, on the qualifying date of 4 December 2013, is not employed in any election/voting category may vote in one of these categories:
- if the teacher has been employed at any time in that category;
- if the teacher holds a teaching qualification or registration in a sector which would enable the teacher to be employed in that category.
- There is no election category for Additional Support Needs; teachers are allocated to the election/voting category that relates:
- to their teaching qualification or registration sector;
- to the category of school or educational establishment (primary or secondary) in which currently or previously employed.
- For the purpose of a Council election, in the primary/nursery and secondary school categories the teacher and headteacher categories are integrated (with reserved headteacher seats) and an elector (whether a teacher or headteacher) may vote for a teacher or headteacher candidate.
Notice of Election
"The Council of GTCS is an exciting place to be: there is a real sense of involvement in the key developments of Scottish Education and there is an important role for every Council member."
David Drever, Former Depute Head Teacher, Kirkwall Grammar School
Elected Teacher member; Convener of Council
Notice is hereby given that, in accordance with The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) Election Scheme 2011 and Election Policy, an election of GTC Scotland registered teachers to serve on the independent Council is about to be held.
In line with the Public Services Reform (General Teaching Council for Scotland) Order 2011 this election is part of a rolling programme of elections, nominations and appointments for half of the Council members every two years. The aim is to provide operational continuity within the Council. Council members serve for a four year term.
Registered teachers are to be elected to fill eight of the 19 elected registered teacher seats on the Council from 2 April 2014 for a four year term as follows:
|No of election category||Codes||Election category||Council members to be elected||Qualifications of persons entitled to nominate candidates and to vote|
|I||"P" & "PHT"||Teachers (including headteachers) in primary schools or nursery schools in Scotland||3*||Registered teachers in primary schools or nursery schools in Scotland|
|II||"S" & "SHT"||Teachers (including headteachers) in secondary schools in Scotland||5*||Registered teachers in secondary schools in Scotland|
|*One seat will be reserved to those employed as headteachers within each of these categories.|
In each of the above categories a registered teacher (whether a teacher or headteacher) may nominate and/or vote for a teacher or headteacher.
The term of office for the elected Council seats in the Further Education category (one seat) and the Universities (providing Initial Teacher Education) category (one seat) runs until 1 April 2016. Therefore no election arises to be held in either of these two categories at the present time.
The Independent Scrutineer appointed by the Council is:
Electoral Reform Services
The Election Centre
33 Clarendon Road
The Independent Scrutineer will arrange the printing and distribution of the ballot material, and determine the validity of, and count, votes received in accordance with the Scheme.
Ballot material will be distributed by Monday 13 January 2014; completed ballot papers and online votes must be received by the Independent Scrutineer by 12 noon on Wednesday 5 February 2014. The result of the election shall be announced on Monday 10 February 2014 (or as soon as possible after that date).
Key election 2013-2014 diary dates
|19 - 23 August 2013||Election advertised; nomination papers available online or on request.|
|23 September 2013 (noon)||Closing date for receipt of nomination papers; by this date all candidates must be in the correct election category.|
|4 December 2013||Closing date for electors; by this date all electors must be in the appropriate election category.|
|13 January 2014||Ballot papers issued (including information relating to voting online or by post).|
|5 February 2014 (noon)||Closing date for receipt of online votes or postal ballot papers.|
|10 February 2014 (or as soon as possible after this date)||Publication of results.|
|19 and 20 March 2014||Induction meetings of the new Council.|
|2 April 2014||New Council members take up office.|
Category I: Teachers (including headteachers) in Primary Schools or Nursery Schools in Scotland
(Total of 3 seats, including 1 reserved headteacher seat)
A ballot is required. The following 5 candidates have been nominated to stand for election for the 3 seats in this category:
- Patrick J BOYLE - Headteacher
- Marie CONNOR - Headteacher
- Patricia FALLOW - Teacher
- Paula J McEWAN - Teacher
- Susan QUINN - Headteacher
Category II: Teachers (including headteachers) in Secondary Schools in Scotland
(Total of 5 seats, including 1 reserved headteacher seat)
No ballot is required for the reserved headteacher seat as the number of candidates did not exceed the number of seats. The following candidate is elected unopposed:
- Derek A THOMPSON
A ballot is required. The following 5 candidates have been nominated for election for the remaining 4 seats in this category:
- Pat (Patrick) J BOYLE
- Jennifer GOURLEY
- William M HAMILTON
- John F RUTTER
- Helen SEDGWICK
Allocation of Headteacher Reserved Seats
Two seats within each of the primary/nursery and secondary school election categories are reserved to those employed as headteachers (ie who within a period of two years ending on the candidate qualifying date [for this election - 23 September 2013] have been employed on a part-time or full-time basis in that capacity) within either category.
The headteacher reserved seats will be allocated on the following basis:
- If the number of headteacher candidates standing in an election category does not exceed the number of reserved headteacher seats vacant in that category, the Returning Officer will declare those candidates to be elected to the reserved headteacher seats.
- If the number of headteacher candidates standing in the election category exceeds the number of reserved headteacher seats vacant in that category, the reserved headteacher seats will be filled by those headteacher candidates credited with the greatest number of votes in the election.
- If there is no headteacher candidate to fill a reserved headteacher seat within an election category, the seat will be treated as an interim vacancy to be filled in accordance with the Election Scheme and Election Policy.
Any headteacher candidate not so elected to a reserved headteacher seat will be entitled, in accordance with the Election Scheme, to be elected to any other vacant seat in their election category.
For further information on the role and commitment required of a member of the Council, the election process or if you require information to be provided in an alternative format, please contact:
Lisa Dobie, Council and Panel Support Manager
T: +44 (0)131 314 6021