The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Accredited Professional Recognition programmes

A broad range of professional learning programmes have been accredited with Professional Recognition by our Accreditation Panel.

All GTCS accredited programmes are awarded with a Quality Mark, see sample below. The mark may be used for the duration of the accredited period, up to five years, where accredited programmes are permitted to use it on all forms of communications. However, using the Quality mark must always be in clear connection with the accredited learning programme and our terms and conditions must be adhered to.

Professional Recognition - Quality Mark - SAMPLE

List of accredited programmes

Below is a list of accredited professional learning programmes. We aim to update this list on a regular basis as new programmes are accredited. By successfully completing one of these accredited courses, participants will automatically be awarded Professional Recognition.

Programme Programme provider Professional recognition award
Support for Learning Service's 'Literacy/Dyslexia Secondment' Programme City of Edinburgh Council Support for Learning (Literacy/Dyslexia)
Head Teacher's Leadership Academy Programme Columbia 1400 Values Based Leadership
Teaching Reading Dundee City Council Teaching Reading
Diploma in Modern Languages Dundee University Modern Languages
MEd Programme Named Pathways Dundee University Named Pathways
Coaching and Mentoring Diploma East Ayrshire Council, North Ayrshire Council, Moray Council and SCIS Coaching and Mentoring
Making a Difference in the Classroom: Practitioner Enquiry Edinburgh University Practitioner Enquiry
Sources and Skills for Historical Teaching Programme Edinburgh University Pedagogy of Historical Research
Supporting Teacher Learning in and Through Practice Edinburgh University Supporting Teacher Learning 
Learning for Sustainability - Connecting Classroom Programme Edinburgh University partnership with British Council  Learning for Sustainability
BMT Staff Tutor Programme Education Scotland Supporting Teachers Learning in Physical Education
Supporting Teachers' Learning in Physical Education (Better Movers and Thinkers) Programme Education Scotland Better Movers and Thinkers
Leading Learning Through Practitioner Enquiry Programme Fife Council Practitioner Enquiry
Improving Our Classrooms Glasgow City Council Supporting Pupil Learning
Nurture Training Programme Glasgow City Council Theory and Practice in Nurture
Teaching and Learning of Modern Languages in Primary Schools Glasgow University Teaching and Learning of Modern Languages
Lead Teacher in Outdoor Learning and Teaching in Nature Grounds for learning Learning for Sustainability (Outdoor Learning)
Coaching Programme Highland Council Coaching
Effective Mentoring Programme Highland Council Mentoring
Emotional Literacy Programme Highland Council Emotional Literacy
Lead On Highland Council Project Leadership
12 month modern languages immersion and methodology programme Languages for Education Europe Modern Languages French/Spanish
French/Spanish Immersion Programme Languages for Education Europe Modern Languages
Coaching and Mentoring Professional Learning Programme Moray Council Coaching and Mentoring Support for Probationers
Engineering STEM Learning Primary Engineer Engineering STEM Learning
Good Food Champions Royal Highland Educational Trust Career-Long Professional Learning for Sustainability
Learning for a Better Future: A Global Citizenship Approach Scotland's Global Learning Centres Global Citizenship
Leading Learning Through Practitioner Enquiry Scottish Borders Council Leading Learning Through Practitioner Enquiry
Train the Trainer Scottish Centre for Information on Language Teaching Leading Learning in Modern Languages
SCIS School Leadership Programme Scottish Council of Independent Schools School Leadership
Teaching in Nature Programme Scottish Natural Heritage Outdoor Learning
SSLN Support Assessor Training Programme Scottish Qualification Authority Assessment
SSLN Professional Development Programme: Writing Assessor Scottish Qualification Authority Assessment
Leadership in Science Scottish Science Education Research Centre Leadership in Science
Learning for Sustainability The Shieling Project Learning for Sustainability (Outdoor Learning)
Supporting Teacher Learning Programme Strathclyde University Supporting Teacher Learning
Leading Learning - Improving Pedagogy Tapestry Leading Learning - Improving Pegagogy
Leading Learning in Summative Assessment - Improving Teacher Professional Judgement Tapestry Leading Learning in Summative Assessment
Making Thinking Visible Tapestry Leading Learning in Making Thinking Visible
PgCert in Primary Physical Education University of the West of Scotland Professional Recognition in Primary Physical Education
Mindfulness  University of Aberdeen Mindfulness
Global Storylines Programme West of Scotland Development Education Centre Global Citizenship
Leadership Development Programme West Lothian Council Project leadership
Coaching Diploma  West Lothian Council, Scottish Borders Council, Fife Council, Midlothian Council Coaching
Woodland Activity Leadership Training Programme Wild Things! Learning for Sustainability (Outdoor Learning)
Global Learning Partnerships The Wood Foundation Global Learning


To discuss any aspect of Professional Recognition contact:

Professional Learning and Development Department

T: +44(0)131 314 6000