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Fitness to Teach Statistics

GTCS is established and governed by legislation: the Public Services Reform (GTC Scotland) Order 2011 (the Order). The Order sets out that GTCS must investigate the fitness to teach of individuals who are, or who are seeking to be, registered. GTCS carries out this function in the public interest.

The GTCS Fitness to Teach and Appeals Rules govern GTCS' work in investigating and adjudicating the fitness to teach of applicants for registration and registrants.

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

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Cases Received +

   2016/17  2015/16  2014/15 2013/14
Total  160  333  648  568
The reduction in cases received from 2015/16 to 2016/17 continues what was observed last year and is due to a drop in the number of criminal conviction cases received as the process of retrospective checking of criminal record information bringing teachers into the PVG Scheme has now ended.

Delegated Authority +

   2016/17  2015/16  2014/15 2013/14
 Conviction cases  48  154  470  371

Initial Consideration +

   2016/17  2015/16  2014/15 2013/14
 Cases screened out at this stage  61  49  33  69
 [Total number of referrals considered at this stage] [154] [191] [170] [147]

Investigating Panel +

 Disposals  2016/17  2015/16  2014/15  2013/14
 Referred to Fitness to Teach Panel  40  33  34  34
 No case to answer  53  47  25  18
 Reprimand with consent order accepted  8  13  5  5
 Further investigations instructed  -  -  6  6
 Total number of cases considered  101  93  70  63

Fitness to Teach Panel Complaint Outcomes + (Year: 2016/17)

 Outcome  Number  Case Type
     Conviction  Conduct  Competence
Removal +  8  -  6  2
Removal with Consent +  7  2  3  2
Removal (added to PVG Barred List)  1  -  1  -
Reprimand  2  -  2  -
Reprimand and Conditional Registration Order  5  1  4  -
Conditional Registration Order  2  -  2  -
No Order  0  -  -  -
Registration application granted  0  -  -  -
Registration application refused  0  -  -  -
Subsequent registration application granted  0  -  -  -
Subsequent registration application refused  1  -  -  -
Facts not found proved  0  -  -  -
Fitness to Teach impairment not found  6  3  3  -
Cancelled/withdrawn  7  -  5  -
Cases Concluded  39  6  26  4

Breakdown by case type (excluding PVG Barred List cases):

 Competence  4
 Conviction  6
 Conduct  26
 Conduct and conviction  0
 Subsequent registration application  3

Past Fitness to Teach Panel Complaint Outcomes

2016/17
2015/16
2014/15
2013/14
2012/13
2011/12
2010/11
2009/10
2008/09
2007/08
2006/07