The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

The investigations process

If we have decided that a case should be investigated, we plan what investigations should be carried out and an Investigating Officer takes these forward.

Our investigation is approached in a neutral way – we are investigating to find out what has happened, not to build a case for or against the teacher. Our investigations can involve asking the person who has made the referral to provide information as well as contacting the teacher’s employer or criminal justice agencies (e.g. the police or courts) for information.

All information we receive is shared with the teacher concerned and he/she is given an opportunity to respond.

At the end of the investigation process, if we decide that there is sufficient evidence to prove the allegation, a Fitness to Teach Panel considers the case and decides whether to: take no further action because fitness to teach is not impaired; issue a consent order; or refer the case on for a full hearing.

How long the investigation process takes depends on the complexity of the allegations and information associated but investigations are usually concluded within six months.

CONTACTS

Got a question? Contact:

T: +44 (0) 131 314 6000

E: regulation@gtcs.org.uk