The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Uses for Professional Standards

What do the Standards mean for me? This section provides helpful information on how you might use each of our Standards, depending on your role and interest in the Scottish Education system. Use the pull down menu to select your area of interest – and read more about the uses for each of the Standards.

Remember that the revised suite of Professional Standards provides an opportunity to think differently about the purpose of Standards. The Standards for Registration provide a gate-keeping function for entry into teaching in Scotland and it should be noted that Full Registration continues to be the baseline Professional Standard for Competence. However, the other Standards go beyond the traditional view of a Standard as a benchmark of teacher competence, a concept which only applies to the Standards for Registration.

For teachers who have achieved the Standard for Full Registration, we have developed Standards which offer constructive support for teachers as they consider how they might develop their professional knowledge and skills through on-going self-evaluation and professional learning.



Student teachers at university

The Standard for Provisional Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Full Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Career-long Professional Learning: supporting the development of teacher professional learning The Standards for Leadership and Management: supporting leadership and management development
  • To inform me of the standard required as the benchmark for entry into the teaching profession at provisional registration level
  • To help me to self evaluate in order to identify strengths and areas for development
  • To set initial targets for my probationary year
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion
  • To inform me of the demands of the probationary period
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion
  • To inform me about career-long professional learning for all teachers, including Masters level study
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion
  • To inform me of the standards applying to leaders and managers
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion

 

Probationer teachers in schools

The Standard for Provisional Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Full Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Career-long Professional Learning: supporting the development of teacher professional learning The Standards for Leadership and Management: supporting leadership and management development
  • To help me set initial targets for my probationary year
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion
  • To inform me of the standard required as the benchmark for entry into the teaching profession at full registration level
  • To help me to self evaluate in order to identify strengths and areas for development
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion
  • To inform me about career-long professional learning for all teachers, including Masters level study
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion
  • To inform me of the standards applying to leaders and managers
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion

 

Teachers in schools

The Standard for Provisional Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Full Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Career-long Professional Learning: supporting the development of teacher professional learning The Standards for Leadership and Management: supporting leadership and management development
  • To enable me to support and assess any student teachers with whom I’m working
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion
  • To enable me to support and assess any probationer teachers with whom I’m working
  • To support me in maintaining the benchmark standard of competence and enhancing my practice
  • To help me to self evaluate in order to identify strengths and areas for development as part of the Professional Update process
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion
  • To inform me about career-long professional learning for all teachers, including Masters level study
  • To help me to self evaluate in order to identify strengths and areas for development in critical thinking as part of the Professional Update process
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion
  • To inform me of the standards applying to leaders and managers
  • To help me to self evaluate and plan professional learning if aspiring to a formal leadership and management role
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion

 

Promoted teachers in schools

The Standard for Provisional Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Full Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Career-long Professional Learning: supporting the development of teacher professional learning The Standards for Leadership and Management: supporting leadership and management development
  • To enable me to support and assess any student teachers with whom I’m working
  • To help me to plan induction programmes for any student teachers with whom I’m working
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion
  • To enable me to support and assess any probationer teachers with whom I’m working
  • To plan school-based professional learning for any probationer teachers with whom I’m working
  • To support or plan school-based professional learning for other teachers
  • To support other teachers where I am responsible for facilitating their PRD process
  • To support me in maintaining the benchmark standard of competence and enhancing my practice
  • To use as the benchmark for competence when required
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion
  • To support other teachers where I am responsible for facilitating their PRD process
  • To plan some aspects of school-based professional learning for other teachers
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion
  • To help me to self evaluate in order to identify strengths and areas for development as part of the Professional Update process
  • To help me to self evaluate and plan professional learning if I am aspiring to a more senior leadership and management role
  • To inform me of the standard required of Head Teachers
  • To inform my contribution to educational debate and discussion

 

Local authority staff

The Standard for Provisional Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Full Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Career-long Professional Learning: supporting the development of teacher professional learning The Standards for Leadership and Management: supporting leadership and management development
  • To inform advice given to schools on supporting student teachers
  • To inform advice given to schools about student teachers on expectations of the standard required as the benchmark for entry into the teaching profession at provisional registration level
  • To inform educational debate and discussion
  • To inform advice given to schools on supporting probationer teachers
  • To inform local authority professional learning programmes for probationer teachers
  • To inform professional learning provision for all teachers
  • To inform support materials for the PRD process
  • To use as the benchmark for competence when required
  • To inform educational debate and discussion
  • To inform local authority professional learning programmes for teachers
  • To inform support materials for the PRD process
  • To inform educational debate and discussion
  • To inform leadership programmes and selection of candidates for them
  • To inform support materials for the PRD process
  • To help with self evaluation in order to identify strengths and areas for development as part of the Professional Update process
  • To inform recruitment and selection procedures and materials
  • To inform educational debate and discussion

 

University staff

The Standard for Provisional Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Full Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Career-long Professional Learning: supporting the development of teacher professional learning The Standards for Leadership and Management: supporting leadership and management development
  • To design ITE programmes
  • To design assessment procedures for student teachers reflecting the benchmark for entry to the profession
  • To facilitate student teachers devising a final profile for use in the early stages of the probationary period
  • To inform educational debate and discussion
  • To take account of in designing ITE programmes
  • To design professional learning programmes that may be offered to teachers
  • To inform educational debate and discussion
  • To design professional learning programmes that may be offered to teachers
  • To help with self evaluation in order to identify strengths and areas for development as part of the Professional Update process
  • To inform educational debate and discussion
  • To design leadership programmes
  • To help with self evaluation in order to identify strengths and areas for development as part of the Professional Update process
  • To inform educational debate and discussion

 

Other educational organisations and agencies

The Standard for Provisional Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Full Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Career-long Professional Learning: supporting the development of teacher professional learning The Standards for Leadership and Management: supporting leadership and management development
  • To provide support to various users in the education community
  • To inform educational debate and discussion
  • To provide support to various users in the education community
  • To inform educational debate and discussion
  • To provide support to various users in the education community
  • To help with self evaluation in order to identify strengths and areas for development as part of the Professional Update process
  • To inform educational debate and discussion
  • To provide support to various users in the education community
  • To help with self evaluation in order to identify strengths and areas for development as part of the Professional Update process
  • To inform educational debate and discussion

 

GTC Scotland staff

The Standard for Provisional Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Full Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Career-long Professional Learning: supporting the development of teacher professional learning The Standards for Leadership and Management: supporting leadership and management development
  • To provide support to various users in the education community
  • To set the benchmark for entry into the profession
  • To inform educational debate and discussion
  • To provide support to various users in the education community
  • To set the benchmark for competence
  • To enable teachers to self evaluate
  • To inform educational debate and discussion
  • To provide support to various users in the education community
  • To help with self evaluation in order to identify strengths and areas for development as part of the Professional Update process
  • To inform educational debate and discussion
  • To provide support to various users in the education community
  • To set the standard required of Head Teachers
  • To help with self evaluation in order to identify strengths and areas for development as part of the Professional Update process
  • To inform educational debate and discussion

 

Members of the Public

The Standard for Provisional Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Full Registration: mandatory requirements for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland The Standard for Career-long Professional Learning: supporting the development of teacher professional learning The Standards for Leadership and Management: supporting leadership and management development
  • To provide information on the standards required of student teachers
  • To maintain public confidence in the teaching profession
  • To provide information on the standards required of all teachers
  • To maintain public confidence in the teaching profession
  • To provide information on a standard available to support teachers who wish to extend their professional development
  • To maintain public confidence in the teaching profession
  • To provide information on the standards expected of teachers in formal leadership roles
  • To maintain public confidence in the teaching profession

 

Contact

For further information about our Professional Standards, contact:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000
E: standards@gtcs.org.uk