Home > Publications > Publications Who we are The Council Council Appointments Corporate Management Team History of GTCS Vacancies Contact Us What we do Statutory Functions and Initiatives Consultations Give feedback Complaints about GTCS Equality and Diversity Statistics Publications Freedom of Information Who We Work With Memoranda of Understanding Partners Publications Annual Reports and Accounts Oct 2019 2018/19 Annual Report and Accounts Oct 2019 2018/19 Aithisg Bhliadhnail agus Aithrisean Ionmhasail Oct 2018 2017-18 Annual Report and Accounts Oct 2017 2016-17 Annual Report and Accounts Oct 2016 2015/16 Annual Report and Accounts Oct 2015 2014/15 Annual Report and Accounts Oct 2014 2013/14 Annual Report and Accounts Becoming a teacher Sep 2019 Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of ITE in Scotland Under the terms of the Public Services Reform (General Teaching Council for Scotland) Order 2011, it is for GTCS to determine what constitutes a recognised teaching qualification for individuals seeking registration with GTCS as a school teacher. As part of this process, and after due consultation, GTCS sets minimum entry requirements for the teacher education programmes in Scotland provided by Teacher Education Institutes that lead to recognised teaching qualification. Sep 2019 So you want to teach in Scotland? Guide to becoming a teacher in Scotland and registering with GTCS. Sep 2019 It's time to return to teaching in Scotland Guide to returning to teaching and the GTCS Register. Oct 2013 Residence Requirements This information leaflet provides information on the requirements for teachers who wish to teach a modern language. Codes of Conduct Apr 2012 Code of Professionalism and Conduct This publication sets out the key principles and values for registered teachers in Scotland. Apr 2012 Student Teacher Code This Code, which should be read in conjunction with CoPAC, sets out the key principles and values for student teachers in Scotland. Fitness to Teach Rules and Policies Aug 2017 Fitness to Teach Rules These Rules are the General Teaching Council for Scotland Fitness to Teach Rules 2017 and came into force on 21 August 2017. Sep 2019 Fitness to Teach Threshold Policy This policy sets out what GTCS will investigate under its fitness to teach (FtT) procedures. This is important information for anyone wishing to make a referral to the General Teaching Council for Scotland about a teacher's conduct or professional competence. Jun 2017 Fitness to Teach Publication Policy This policy sets out how the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) communicates information about our fitness to teach (FtT) cases to the public. Apr 2012 Legal Assessor Rules This publication sets out the role and functions of any Legal Assessor in attendance at Fitness to Teach Panel or Appeals Board hearings. Initial Teacher Education Sep 2019 Guidelines for Accreditaion of ITE Programmes in Scotland (PDF) These guidelines set out our policy on the content, nature and duration of programmes leading to teaching qualifications (TQs) for the primary and secondary sectors. They supersede those issued by GTCS in June 2013. GTCS ensures that these requirements are met through accrediting all programmes of ITE in Scotland. Sep 2019 ITE Programme Accreditation Evaluation Framework (PDF) The evaluation criteria in this framework are designed to assist the process of internal review of ITE and external accreditation and approval. The format for the evaluation framework is centred on 'key aspects' to which ITE Institutions are expected to respond. Sep 2019 Policy Statement: Accreditation of Programmes of ITE in Scotland (PDF) This Policy Statement lays out the processes related to the evaluation and accreditation of programmes of ITE in Scotland. May 2017 Learning for Sustainability Reflection Tool This tool aims to help teacher educators and their students to engage with and reflect on Values and Learning for Sustainability. It can be used both by individuals or by colleagues to develop a shared understanding through reflection, discussion and action. Sep 2019 Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of ITE in Scotland GTCS sets minimum entry requirements for the teacher education programmes in Scotland provided by Teacher Education Institutes that lead to a recognised teaching qualification. As long as an applicant meets the minimum entry requirements, it is for providers of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) to decide whether to accept or reject an applicant in line with their general admissions policy. 2018 GTCS Literature Review on Teacher Education Entry Requirements This literature review was commissioned by GTCS to inform the Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland. The specific aim of this review is to identify the current discourse on minimum entry requirements to initial teacher education (ITE) in a number of jurisdictions including: England, Scotland, Australia, United States, New Zealand, Ireland, and Finland. Policies Mar 2010 Deferral Policy This publication provides information on requesting a deferral of a Teacher Induction Scheme placement. Mar 2011 Election Policy This policy clarifies how GTC Scotland will interpret and apply certain aspects of the Election Scheme within the overarching framework of the Order. May 2019 Equality and Diversity Policy Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy demonstrates our commitment to the promotion of equality and diversity and how we take equality into consideration in everything we do. Aug 2018 Information Security Policy The purpose of this Policy is to ensure that the GTCS can continue to use personal data to carry out its functions and deliver its services, whilst preventing, or minimising the impact of, information security incidents in relation to personal data. Nov 2018 Procurement Policy The purpose of this policy is to provide clear guidance for GTCS staff involved in any procurement activity, ensuring best practice is followed. It also aims to ensure that out procurement activity is sustainable and meets the longer term needs of GTCS and its Registrants. Sep 2012 Provisional Registration and Probationary Service This policy provides useful information for people who are or will be provisionally registered with GTC Scotland and provides guidance on completing a period of probation. Mar 2018 Records Management Policy This policy sets out our commitment to achieving high standards in records management. The policy is supported by our Records Management Plan, our Records Management and Retention Schedule as well as our Information Security Policy. Apr 2019 Standard Terms and Conditions Terms and Conditions of Contract for Purchase of Goods/Services. Professional Guidance Dec 2011 Professional Guidance on the Use of eComms and Social Media The purpose of this guide is to provide a context for responsible use of electronic communications and social media. The guide helps to highlight potential risks to teachers and offers guidance about how to avoid them. Professional Standards Dec 2012 Standards for Registration Inbhean airson clàradh - (Standards for Registration - Gaelic Version) Including the Standard for Provisional Registration and the Standard for Full Registration. Dec 2012 Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning This Standard will help teachers to plan and develop their own professional learning needs and to ensure continuing development of professional practice. Dec 2012 Standards for Leadership and Management These Standards have been developed to support the self-evaluation and professional learning of those in, or aspiring to, formal leadership roles in schools. The Standard includes the Standard for Headship, which will become a pre-requisite for all new headteachers in Scotland from 2019. To attain the Standard for Headship, teachers must successfully complete the Into Headship qualification. Dec 2018 Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland's Colleges These Standards have been developed through partnership working between the College Development Network and GTC Scotland. They are designed as a benchmark for learning and teaching, and to enhance and promote professional learning. Professional Update (PU) and Professional Review and Development (PRD) Professional Update August 2014 Professional Update Guidance Notes This guide has been produced to explain the background, features, purposes and requirements of Professional Update. Jan 2016 Professional Update Guide for Reviewers This guide has been produced for Reviewers who are required to sign-off a teacher's Professional Update. Jan 2016 Professional Update Submission Process - Guide for Reviewees This guide has been produced for Reviewees undertaking Professional Update through MyGTCS. It aims to provide the information required to record entries and maintain the professional learning record. Professional Review and Development (PRD) Oct 2019 PRD Guidance (PDF) These revised Professional Review and Development Guidelines have been shaped and created by the profession, for the profession. They are designed to support the development of cultures that foster teacher agency, promote teacher-led professional learning and enable collaborative professionalism. Validation Guidelines and Criteria for Professional Update GTCS seeks to ensure that the key purposes, principles and features of the Professional Update process are applied consistently across Scotland for all registered teachers. Validation processes have been developed and agreed for Independent Schools, National Organisations, Local Authorities, Universities and Colleges. Validation Guidelines and Criteria for Independent Schools - National Rollout Validation Criteria for National Organisations Validation Guidelines and Criteria for Local Authorities - National Rollout Validation Guidelines and Criteria for Universities Registration Rules Dec 2015 Registration and Standards Rules These rules set out our criteria for registration as well as for the award of standards. They also set out rules that govern registration generally. Strategic Plans May 2017 Strategic Plan 2017-20 Mar 2015 Strategic Plan 2014-2017 Publications Scheme Publications Guide to Information This Guide to Information will help you to: see what information GTCS publishes about its activities; find this information; request information we hold that has not been published.