Legal

By accessing any part of our website, or opening any emails that we send to you, you will be deemed to have accepted the terms set out below.

General disclaimer

The material we publish on our website is designed to provide general information only so we cannot accept responsibility for its use. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is accurate, it does not constitute legal or other professional advice.

We do not take responsibility for pages that are maintained by other organisations and are linked to our website.

User-generated content

We welcome your contributions to our websites. In order to keep the experience a positive one for all our website visitors, any contributions are subject to the following:

  • You agree that you are fully responsible for the content that you post. You will not post material that violates the rights of any third party (including copyright), that is illegal, that is knowingly false/defamatory, that is libellous, obscene, offensive, abusive, accusatory or inappropriate in any other way.
  • You agree that we may edit the content that you post, refuse to publish it or remove it. We may do so if we view the post to be inappropriate or if we receive complaints about it.
  • You agree that posts are not to be commercial in nature. Advertisements or any other commercial activity are not to be engaged in.

We are not responsible for posts to our website made by you and others. Such posts express the views of the particular author, and not necessarily the views of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

If you have a complaint about a post, please report this using the "Report Abuse" button on the relevant discussion page or by emailing webservices@gtcs.org.uk

Copyright

We own the copyright in the information published by us on our website. You may use and reproduce this information provided that you do so fairly, non-commercially and acknowledge us as the source where you supply the information to others.

Authors who have contributed content to the website will retain their copyright, and will be free to give or sell their material to others, but GTC Scotland will retain a licence to use the content for as long as we need.

Privacy Policy

We, The General Teaching Council for Scotland, are responsible for controlling any information that you provide to us.

We believe it is very important to respect your privacy - we keep your personal information secure and use it only in the ways that we tell you.

Where we obtain your information

We will collect information about you during the course of your initial teacher education if this takes place in Scotland, as part of your application to register with us as a teacher and throughout your period of registration. We may also collect information about you if you register for our online "MYGTCS" service.

As well as collecting information directly from you, we may collect your information from your employer, your initial teacher education institution, the Scottish Public Pensions Agency, other teaching regulators and public bodies, provided it is lawful for us to do so.

If you visit our websites, our servers may collect limited information about you during your visit, including the IP address from which you are accessing the server. Our websites also use cookies. Find out more on the use of cookies on our websites.

How we use your information

If you apply to register with us or make an enquiry, we may use your information to:

  • Process your application or enquiry (this may include contacting any referees that you have named in your application or sharing limited personal data about you with the Internal Market Information (IMI) System where information is required about you from an EU member state)
  • Send you relevant documents
  • Compile statistics
  • Carry out equality and diversity monitoring
  • Notify other United Kingdom teaching regulators of your application where this is necessary to enable us to fulfil our functions in assessing your application, or for other United Kingdom teaching regulators to fulfil their functions should you submit an application for registration to them

If you have trained as a teacher at a Scottish initial teacher education institution, where necessary, we may use your information to:

  • Administer your placement on Scotland's Teacher Induction Scheme
  • Update our register
  • Compile statistics and carry out research
  • Carry out equality and diversity monitoring
  • Inform local authorities, your employer, or prospective employer to facilitate your placement on the Teacher Induction Scheme (this will include providing information on any disability you may have)
  • Inform the Scottish Government as our partner in administering Scotland's Teacher Induction Scheme

If you are provisionally or fully registered with us, we may use your information to:

  • Update our register
  • Administer and maintain your registration (including the administration of any probationary period)
  • Process complaints
  • Compile statistics and carry out research
  • Carry out equality and diversity monitoring
  • Keep you updated about us and professional issues, including sending you guidance, news and election material as well as our magazine, Teaching Scotland
  • Inform other United Kingdom teaching regulators where this is necessary to enable them or us to carry out our respective functions
  • Inform the Scottish Government where this is necessary for them or us to fulfil our respective functions
  • Inform your employer, or prospective employer, as is appropriate to their role
  • Inform the Scottish Public Pensions Agency to facilitate your pension arrangements

We use the information gathered via our websites' servers to help us improve the content, design and performance of the relevant site.

If you are registered as a teacher, some of your information will be published on our website and made available to the public. This information includes your surname and initials, gender, current/last known employer and employment and registration categories.

You should also be aware that in the event that you are subject to our fitness to teach processes, panels hearing cases must generally be held in public in accordance with the applicable rules and legislation. Your name and the charge(s) made against you (or the nature of any procedural matters raised) will be published on our website seven days in advance of any such hearing accordingly. The full written decision made at the hearing will also be published on our website. Where the fitness to teach panel make a decision that a particular matter meets the referral grounds set out in Scottish legislation relating to the protection of children and vulnerable groups and that a reference should be made to Scottish Ministers accordingly, we will provide Scottish Ministers with such information as they reasonably require in order to determine that reference. Fitness to Teach sanctions are now also available on the public facing search the register function, in accordance with the relevant rules.

If you approach a professional regulator or other competent authority outside the United Kingdom in order to seek to carry on your profession elsewhere, you should be aware that they may contact us to validate the information that you provide to them. We will do so only if we are satisfied that their request is genuine, necessary and that any information provided will be kept secure. We will also notify you of the request.

As we have contracts with some third parties to carry out certain activities or services on our behalf, we may need to pass some of your information to them. If we do so we will make sure that they are only provided with the information that they need, that they only retain your information for as long as they need it, that they agree not to use the information for any other purpose than those specified by us and that they protect the information they are provided.

You should be aware that we may, in addition, be compelled by law or regulation to disclose your information but we will only do so to the extent necessary.

We will not pass any of your information to any other parties or use it for any other purpose without your consent.

Use of cookies on our websites

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Our websites use cookies to log your progress through the site and record how you accessed the site. We do not collect any personal information about you in this way.

Most web browsers allow some control of cookies through the browser settings.

Accessing Your Information

You may obtain confirmation of the basic information that we hold about you at any time. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also able to make a request for all the information that we hold about you - we are entitled to charge a fee of £10 for doing so.

If you find that any of the information held by us is incorrect or inaccurate, please let us know and we will correct it.