The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Professional Learning Strategy and Model: the teacher as learner

The GTCS Professional Learning Model identifies the key principles and features of effective professional learning that will build professional capacity and promote collaborative practices. It outlines the kind of learning that will best serve teachers in Scotland to empower and enable them to meet the needs of learners. The model is built upon a wide range of international and national literature and research on what supports teacher professional learning and development.

Professional learning is a critical part of developing professionalism. The teacher as a lifelong learner is a clear commitment in the professional values within the GTCS Professional Standards. The Professional Learning Model has been developed to help articulate the king of professional learning that best serves teachers in Scotland to strive for the high levels of teacher professionalism described.