Rules and Policies

All of our Fitness to Teach proceedings are governed by rules and legislation. We would recommend that anyone appearing at our hearings is familiar with the practice statements that may be relevant to the circumstances of their case.

About Hearings

Fitness to Teach Panel hearings are held to determine whether an applicant for registration or a registered teacher is fit to teach. A person is fit to teach if he/ she meets the standards of professional conduct and competence that GTC Scotland expects.

Hearings schedule and decisions

You can view forthcoming Fitness to Teach Hearing details up to seven days in advance. We also publish our Fitness to Teach hearing decisions and outcomes plus any reprimand with consent orders issued at the Investigating Panel stage of our procedures.

Investigation process

Throughout our investigating process, we aim to ensure that the process is fair and transparent and that any action taken is proportionate given all of the circumstances and options available.

Making a complaint

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

Criminal convictions

We are informed through a PVG Scheme check of any criminal convictions against an applicant for registration and are informed by the police and courts of convictions against currently registered teachers.


For further information about Fitness to Teach, contact:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000

Professional Update and Fitness to Teach

Professional Update focuses on professional learning and continuous improvement rather than determining whether or not a teacher is, or has remained, competent. In line with the GTCS Framework on Teacher Competence, competence cases will continue to be handled by local authorities and employers in the first instance.

Employer's responsibilities

Employers have a legal duty to refer a case to GTCS when a teacher is dismissed on grounds of misconduct or incompetence. It is important to note that employers can also make a referral to GTCS if they are concerned about the conduct of a teacher.