The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Independent Schools Registration

As of 1 October 2017 all teachers working in Independent Schools (including Education Through Care Establishments) are required to register with GTCS in accordance with the Registration of Independent Schools (Prescribed Person) (Scotland) Regulations 2017.

Teachers appointed to posts in Independent Schools from 1 October 2017 are required to be GTCS registered before they take up their post. Our standard registration requirements will apply to these teachers and the relevant information and application form can be found here.

Candidates who are not already eligible for registration cannot be appointed to a teaching post and then complete a degree and/or teaching qualification whilst working as a teacher at the school. This includes internal candidates for teaching posts who were appointed to their previous post at the school prior to 1 October 2017.

It has been agreed that teachers already appointed to posts in Independent Schools prior to 1 October 2017 will be given until 1 October 2020 to obtain GTCS registration. The information provided in this section is intended for these teachers and their schools.

A number of registration categories are already available and further categories, which will provide further flexibility, are in development.

GTCS has undertaken a number of actions to support the effective implementation of mandatory registration within the Independent School sector.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is covered by the new regulations? What is the definition of a teacher?
What can I do now to prepare for registration?
What are the qualifications required to achieve full registration with GTCS?
I have been awarded QTS elsewhere in the UK, after completion of an emplotment based route. What options are open to me?
I'm an ASN teacher - can I register in ASN?
I would like to study for a teaching qualification. Are there any available for teachers in Independent Schools that I can complete whilst in post?
I am a supply teacher. Do I need to register?

Route maps to registration

Application Forms


If you require any further advice about Independent School registration, please contact Claire Williamson, Registration Assessment Team Leader

t: 0131 314 6050