Professional Update and Fitness to Teach

Professional Update focuses on professional learning and continuous improvement rather than determining whether or not a teacher is, or has remained, competent. In line with the GTCS Framework on Teacher Competence, competence cases will continue to be handled by local authorities and employers in the first instance.

Sharing Practice for

Many local authorities have reviewed their PRD processes as a result of Professional Update. We have collated a list of useful materials by key topics from local authorities to assist you.

Professional Update Categories

We have collated specific information for different categories of teachers/ lecturers as a supplement to what you need to know about Professional Update.

Supply Teachers

The Professional Update process is intended to promote and support teacher engagement in professional learning. A supply teacher's varied work context itself provides a rich setting for professional learning and reflection on practice.

Professional Learning

Professional learning is what teachers do to keep their professional practice fresh and up-to-date. Engagement in professional learning is an integral part of the Professional Update process.

National Guidance on Professional Review and Development

This revised national guidance supports effective PRD and the positive engagement of teachers, headteachers and system leaders in the PRD process.


For further information about our Professional Update, contact:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000

Practitioner Enquiry

Teachers engaging in practitioner enquiry offer a number of benefits to the teacher as an individual, the school and wider educational community.

Professional Learning Journey and Using Evidence of Impact

Knowing and evidencing the impact of your learning on your thinking, professional actions and pupils and/ or colleagues is a critical part of the Professional Update process.