The General Teaching Council for Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965


Fitness to Teach

GTCS is responsible for regulating teachers’ professional conduct and competence, or Fitness to Teach, to ensure they meet our Code of Professionalism and Conduct. Fitness to Teach hearings are held to decide whether an applicant for registration or a registered teacher is suitably fit to teach.

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.

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.

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.

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. Make a complaint.

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


Rules and Policies

All of our Fitness to Teach proceedings are governed by rules and legislation


Employer's responsibilities

Find out more about employer's responsiblities


Criminal convictions

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


Professional Update and Fitness to Teach

Professional Update focuses on professional learning and continuous improvement