The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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Categories of Registration in Independent and Education Through Care sectors

GTCS has taken positive action regarding the registration of teachers within the Independent and Education Through Care sectors. This includes taking a more flexible approach to registration processes and extending the registration categories.

We are ready to accept applications from teachers in the following categories.

Full Registration in Primary Education or Secondary Education

You should make an application for registration in this category if you hold:

  • a degree or equivalent qualification.
  • a GTCS recognised teaching qualification – e.g. PGDE/PGCE/ B.Ed in your subject and sector. For registration in Secondary Education you require 80 SCQF points in your subject area.
  • appropriate teaching service. This is taken as teaching service in your teaching qualification subject/sector of 190 days continuous service in ONE location or 270 days’ discontinuous service- e.g. supply work in one or more locations.

or

  • you have previously held Full Registration with GTCS and have let your registration lapse. Contact our Registration team for advice on how to apply to re-register.
Provisional Registration in Primary Education or Secondary Education

You should make an application for registration in this category if you hold:

  • hold a degree or equivalent qualification.
  • a GTCS recognised teaching qualification – e.g.PGDE/PGCE/ B.Ed in the subject or sector. For registration in Secondary Education you require 80 SCQF points in your subject area.
  • have not completed the required teaching service.

or

  • you have previously held Full Registration with GTCS and have let your registration lapse. Contact our Registration team for advice on how to apply to re-register.
Provisional (Conditional) Registration in Primary Education or Secondary Education

You should make an application for registration in this category if you have:

  • a shortfall in the academic qualification and/or;
  • a shortfall in the teaching qualification.

For full or provisional registration to be achieved the teacher will require to address the shortfall. The period in which this shortfall should be met MUST be agreed at school level

NB if you have not completed appropriate teaching service (this is taken as teaching service in your teaching qualification subject/sector of 190 days continuous service in ONE location or 270 days’ discontinuous service- e.g. supply work in one or more locations) you will need to complete this service, in addition to meeting the shortfall in your qualification(s), before coming eligible for full registration.

Additional Support Needs Independent Schools/ETC

This category of staff includes those teachers who have been teaching in the field of Additional Support Needs as a discreet post within the school/establishment.

You should make an application for registration in this category if you have:

  • a degree or equivalent qualification.
  • appropriate ASN teaching service.
Provisional (Conditional) Registration in Named School Only This category has been approved by the GTCS Council and is currently in the final stages of technical development. We can accept applications for registration in this category and we expect to be able to start awarding registration in early 2018 once technical development is complete.

It has three purposes:

  1. to support those members of staff who are unable to meet any of the requirements for registration and to ensure they are able to remain in employment
  2. to support those who are approaching retirement
  3. to support those staff members who are only eligible for Provisional (Conditional) Registration in Primary or Secondary Education but are awaiting funding or support to enable them to meet the requirements for Full or Provisional Registration
  • Importantly any teacher who is included in this category may not take up employment in any other school

It has three purposes

 

The following categories are currently in development or awaiting approval by the GTCS Council.

Steiner School only

 This category is currently awaiting approval from the GTCS Council.

  • This is a category which is being created specifically for those who are teachers within the Steiner education environment. GTCS is working with schools to develop a specific teaching programme which will be subject to GTCS accreditation.

We recognise that some teachers in these schools may already meet the requirements for registration in one of the other GTCS registration categories. These teachers may choose to submit an application for registration in one of these categories.

 

Montessori School only

This category is currently awaiting approval from the GTCS Council

  • This is a category which is being created specifically for those who are teachers within the Montesorri education environment. GTCS is working with schools to develop a specific teaching programme which will be subject to GTCS accreditation

We recognise that some teachers in these school may already meet the requirements for registration in one of the other GTCS registration categories. These teachers may choose to submit an application for registration in one of these categories.

Broad General Education (BGE)

This category is currently awaiting approval from the GTCS Council

  • This is a category which is being created for teachers working in BGE (5 to 14 years) and will help teaches in preparatory schools and all-though schools to apply for registration