The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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Complaints

One of GTCS' main functions is maintaining a Register of teachers and ensuring the professional fitness to teach of those whose names appear on that Register.

Members of the public may make complaints but only in relation to the conduct of a teacher if there is a concern about that teacher's fitness to teach. It is not open to members of the public to make complaints in relation to the competence of an individual teacher.

The Code of Professionalism and Conduct (CoPAC) sets out key principles and values for registered teachers in Scotland.

When we receive a complaint against a registered teacher or an applicant for registration, consideration is first given to whether the complain is relevant to determining a person's fitness to teach.

If we determine that the complaint may be relevant to their fitness to teach, appropriate investigations will be carried out. Find out more about what happens when we receive a complaint about a teacher.