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Dundee and Angus College is first to be validated for Professional Update in the college sector

Dundee and Angus College has become the first to be validated by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) for its commitment to supporting the professional learning and development of lecturing staff. GTCS has awarded a quality mark to validate the college’s professional review and development (PRD) policy and processes.

Since 2014, teachers in Scotland working in local authority schools, national organisations and universities have been required to commit to engaging in ongoing professional learning across their career. This process is called Professional Update and is required to maintain full registration with GTCS. The process asks teachers to engage in professional learning and self-evaluate against the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland's Colleges and/or GTCS Professional Standards, and to maintain a reflective learning record to be signed off every five years. All local authorities, universities delivering teacher education and independent schools have their PRD policy and processes validated by GTCS.

Engagement in Professional Update is currently voluntary for the Scottish college sector as is registration with GTCS for college lecturers. Dundee and Angus College participated in GTC Scotland’s Professional Update Phase 1 College Pilot in 2014/15. The college is now engaged in the second stage of the pilot that will be completed in October 2016.

Abi Mawhirt, Head of Organisational Development at Dundee and Angus College, said: “Obtaining the GTCS quality mark for our MyPotential staff development work reinforces the passion we feel for lifelong learning and development at Dundee and Angus College. Working with GTCS through the pilot of Professional Update with college lecturers has strengthened our partnership and provided employees with a new avenue of recognition. Knowing that our processes and development opportunities are of high standard, as ratified by the GTCS panel, gives us great satisfaction and reinforces our position as an employer of choice in the education sector.”

Kenneth Muir, GTCS Chief Executive, said: “By engaging in the Professional Update process, Dundee and Angus College has shown its commitment to supporting teaching staff in their development and continued professional learning. We are pleased to give them our first quality mark as a confirmation of the quality of their PRD process.”

Lecturers from Forth Valley College and West Lothian College are also involved in the final phase of the college pilot. Those taking part include lecturers who are new registrants with GTCS as well as some existing registrants. GTCS will evaluate the Professional Update college pilots and research findings will be available in May 2017. 

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