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Consultation on a scheme of Professional Update
This consultation is open from 1 February to 7 March 2012. Due to the quantity of responses, we have extended the deadline for receipt of responses to midnight on 12 March 2012.
On 17 March 2011, the Scottish Parliament approved the Public Services Reform (General Teaching Council for Scotland) Order 2011 which sets out the Government's plans for the granting of independent status to GTC Scotland from April 2012. As part of this legislation (Section 31), the Government placed the GTC Scotland under a duty to introduce a scheme of 're-accreditation' for teachers.
Communication and consultation
In taking forward this matter, GTC Scotland has worked closely with members of the educational community, listening to concerns and seeking balanced, sensitive and practicable ways forward. GTC Scotland has also been able to learn from the experiences of other comparable professions (e.g. medicine, dentistry, accountancy) as well as from teaching professions in other parts of the world which have already introduced similar schemes. A working group (comprising representatives of unions, employers, government, parents, universities, Education Scotland and GTCS) has produced proposals for a scheme of Professional Update.
Read our Position Paper for a scheme of Professional Update:
Read our 2 advice notes on Coaching and Mentoring, and Professional Review and Development which form part of the Position Paper above:
The GTC Scotland acknowledges that Scotland's teachers are already committed to maintaining high standards (as expressed in the Standard for Full Registration) throughout their career. We know that teachers will wish to take advantage of opportunities to develop their skills, and that they are committed to ensuring that the quality of teaching and learning and the standing of the teaching profession are maintained and improved. The key purposes of a system of Professional Update for teachers can therefore be defined as follows:
- to maintain and improve the quality of our teachers and to enhance the impact that they have on pupils' learning
- to support, maintain and enhance teachers' continued professionalism and the reputation of the teaching profession
GTC Scotland also recognises the need to ensure that proposals are practicable; supportive of teachers and not constrained by bureaucracy; and that they allow individual teachers the opportunity to identify and meet their future needs.
This consultation provides an opportunity for the education community to respond to the position we have adopted in our proposals for a scheme of Professional Update. We have already held seven public meetings across Scotland to gather views and we have regularly updated our thinking on our website. We are now seeking more detailed responses to our proposals on what a scheme of Professional Update will look like.
Following receipt of consultation responses, and once we have gathered information from the pilot schemes we are running this year, we will engage further in consultation with stakeholders before publishing the details of how Professional Update will operate.
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