The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

The Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning supersedes the Standard for Chartered Teacher (GTC Scotland 2009) and is part of the suite of GTC Scotland's Professional Standards which also includes The Standards for Registration and The Standards for Leadership and Management. The Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning is based on sound national and international research, as well as on the successes of the Standard for Chartered Teachers and related programmes of professional learning.

Having attained the Standard for Full Registration, teachers will continue to develop their expertise and experience across all areas of their professional practice through appropriate and sustained career-long professional learning. The Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning has been developed to support teachers choosing to reflect on this Standard as part of their professional learning. As they progress through their careers this Standard will help them to identify, plan and develop their own professional learning needs and to ensure continuing development of professional practice.

The standards are underpinned by the themes of values, sustainability and leadership. Professional values are at the core of the Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning. They are integral to, and demonstrated through, all our professional relationships and practices.

Learning for Sustainability is a whole-school commitment that helps the school and its wider community develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and practices needed to take decisions which are compatible with a sustainable future in a just and equitable world. Learning for sustainability has been embedded within the Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning to support teachers in actively embracing and promoting principles and practices of sustainability in all aspects of their work.

GTC Scotland recognises that effective leadership depends on the principles of collegiality. All teachers should have opportunities to be leaders. They lead learning for, and with, all learners with whom they engage. They also work with and support the development of colleagues and other partners. The Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning includes a focus on teacher leadership and leadership for learning.


For further information about our Professional Standards, contact:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000